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Atria’s climate targets officially approved by Science Based Targets

9.1.2023 10:00
Atria’s climate targets officially approved by Science Based Targets

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has officially approved Atria’s emission reduction targets. The targets are based on the Paris Climate Agreement and aim to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius globally.

“Atria is a Nordic leader in sustainable food production. Over the years, we have honoured our responsibilities and resolved significant challenges. We want to ensure people’s well-being and pure food production. We have been doing this work successfully for decades – and will continue to do so. The science-based targets that have now been approved demonstrate our commitment to reducing emissions,” says Merja Leino, Executive Vice President of Sustainability at Atria. 

In the targets approved by SBTi, Atria commits to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations (Scopes 1 and 2) by 42% by 2030 from 2020 levels. The target for Scope 3 emissions includes emissions related to purchased goods, raw materials and services. The reduction target for Scope 3 emissions is 20% per tonne of meat processed by 2030.

The main focus of the Scopes 1 and 2 carbon reduction measures is to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy. For example, this is done by introducing wind power and increasing the use of solar energy at Atria Finland’s production plants, Atria Sweden replacing fossil fuels with bio-based ones, and Atria Denmark and Estonia increasing the use of renewable energy. The environmental impact of Atria’s products throughout their life cycle focuses on the production of meat, the main ingredient in its products. Primary production is therefore key to reducing Scope 3 emissions. It is essential to continue and deepen the cooperation of 120 years with meat producers.

Atria aims to significantly reduce the energy consumption and CO2 emissions of its industrial production and to develop sustainable meat production with our contract producers.
 

For more information, please contact Merja Leino, Executive Vice President, Sustainability, Atria Plc, tel. +358 40 580 1210, merja.leino@atria.com.
 

The Science Based Climate Targets initiative (SBTi) is a joint project between the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the UN Global Compact, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The science-based climate targets are based on a scientific calculation method to ensure that companies’ targets are aligned with those of the Paris Agreement.