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Food giant Kellogg to set targets for suppliers to cut carbon emissions

Published on Aug 13, 2014 8:21 PM
 
Global food giant Kellogg's will set targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions from its worldwide supply chain, it announced Wednesday, responding to consumer pressure to be accountable for its contribution to climate change. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Global food giant Kellogg's will set targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions from its worldwide supply chain, it announced Wednesday, responding to consumer pressure to be accountable for its contribution to climate change.

The maker of popular cereal Corn Flakes and potato chips Pringles announced a series of new climate policy measures, including targets to be set by December next year that would be consistent with a global effort aimed at preventing average temperatures from rising more than 2 deg C.

Kellogg's will also expand its previous voluntary pledge to ensure net zero deforestation by 2020 by addressing other areas of its supply chain, including soy and sugarcane segments, in which deforestation effects are a high risk.

The company had previously made commitments to avoid deforestation and land degredation in other high risk supply chain areas, including palm oil and packaging fibre. "We recognise that upstream agriculture emissions are the single largest source of emissions in our value chain and will focus our efforts on achieving agricultural emissions reductions," the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

 
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