Leading care home meals provider, apetito, is leading the way for UK business with its commitment to being carbon neutral by 2040.
The company has been working closely with sustainability partner, 3Keel, on establishing its carbon footprint.
Managing Partner at 3Keel, Simon Miller, said: “I’ve had a series of sessions with the CEO and other Board members and working sessions with newly formed internal groups tasked with hitting short term targets for each of the emissions hotspots. I would see apetito’s approach of committing to a science-based target, and then developing a clear plan, as best in class.”
apetito’s 2040 commitment makes it a frontrunner among UK companies when it comes to Net Zero.
The Climate Action 100+ report found nearly half (43%) of businesses responsible for an estimated 80%+ of all global emissions have set a Net Zero by 2050 target or ambition in some form, and only 10% of focus companies have Net Zero targets that explicitly cover the companies’ most material scope 3 emissions.
apetito Director of Corporate Affairs and Policy, Lee Sheppard, said making a meaningful commitment to decarbonisation goes far beyond making a simple marketing-led Net Zero pledge.
“To achieve true Net Zero, companies must commit to decarbonisation, not only of their direct operations and purchased heating (Scopes 1&2), but all indirect sources across their whole supply chain,” Lee said.
“This commits businesses to looking beyond their own operation, forcing them to work with suppliers and users of their goods and services to reduce carbon.”
Lee said apetito’s targets had been independently verified by the SBTi and were based upon solid science rather than marketing ‘greenwash’ and committed the business to significantly removing carbon across its supply chain.
Paul Freeston, Chair & CEO, apetito UK & North America, (pictured) added: “There are undoubtedly some big challenges for the agricultural sector and the farming industries to reach Net Zero, but we believe passionately that this is the right way to do business and we are already making good progress on our journey. We believe that companies need to act fast and put changes into effect as fast as possible now, in order to reach set targets by 2040.”