Global Issues

Mitigating climate change and its impacts will require building on the momentum achieved by the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which entered into force on 4 November 2016. Stronger efforts are needed to build resilience and limit climate-related hazards and natural disasters from which populations suffer from, since planetary warming continued this year. Knowing that agriculture and deforestation account for about a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions from human activities, better practices at this level could contribute to climate change mitigation.

 

SDG 13 Targets to which Danone Contributes

Source: United Nations

  • The UNFCCC goal of limiting global temperature rise to well below 2°C  (Paris Accord, 2015).
     
  • Target 13.1: Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries.
     
  • Target 13.2: Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning.

 

Related Business Themes Relevant for Danone

Source: SDG Compass

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Environmental Investments
  • GHG emissions
  • Risks and Opportunities Due to Climate Change

 

Danone Engagement on SDG 13

Danone is engaged on SDG 13 as a major focus

Being a food company means we rely on nature, agriculture and the farmers to do our job. To grow our business sustainably and ensure our global food cycle is resilient, we must address the systemic challenge of climate change. It is in our interest and our responsibility to help fight climate change and contribute to achieving a decarbonized economy. This must start with reducing our own carbon footprint. We measure our impact including our full scope of emissions throughout the value chain, i.e. our direct and shared scopes of responsibility (including Danone’s related GHG emissions coming from raw materials and agriculture).

As stated in its 2015 Climate Policy, Danone has committed to become a carbon neutral company by 2050, on its full scope of responsibility including agriculture, through solutions co-created with its partners.

We can’t reach zero net carbon within our full value cycle alone. Only by working together in partnership with our ecosystem of farmers, suppliers, customers and local communities we can make our vision a reality. Reaching our goal means not only reducing our carbon emissions but also helping nature to sequestrate more carbon, tackling deforestation from our supply chain and managing all natural resources sustainably.

Therefore to reach carbon neutrality, Danone climate strategy focus on three main levers of action: Reduction, Sequestration and Offset of its remaining emissions.

COP 23: reaffirming Danone's climate ambition

At COP 23, in 2017 Danone reaffirmed its climate ambition:

  • Danone’s emission reduction targets received official approval by the Science Based Targets initiative.
  • Danone joined the international 4 per 1000 Initiative on agriculture, food security and climate.
  • Danone sharpened its focus on regenerative agriculture as a way to broadly reduce emissions in the future and respond to consumer demand for naturality and transparency.

Danone main trajectory milestones include:

  • 50% intensity reduction on Full scope 2015-2030
  • 30% absolute reduction on scope 1 & 2 2015-2030
  • Carbon positive solutions development : the Livelihoods funds aims to sequester 10 million tons of CO2 over 20 years

Danone's commitments to carbon reduction trajectory

Commitments related to Danone carbon reduction trajectory include:  

  • HFC refrigerants: Danone committed in 2010 to ensure that only natural refrigerants based on climate-friendly CH or CO2 technologies are in use within its operations
  • Deforestation: Danone committed to eliminate deforestation from its supply chain by 2020 which includes commodities such as soy, palm oil or pulp and paper
  • Renewable Energy: In December 2017, Danone joined the RE100 initiative and made a commitment to transition to 100% renewable electricity by 2030, with an intermediary step of 50% by 2020. RE100 is a global and collaborative initiative that includes more than 100 influential companies committed to 100% renewable electricity.

Moreover, Danone strikes to keep a leadership role on the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Climate Change. In 2017, Danone has scored A- on the CDP Climate Change.

 

Danone 2017 Key Performance Indicators

- 10.5%

reduction of GHG emissions in intensity on full scope (in g CO2equivalent/Kg product) (Baseline 2015)

9.7%

reduction of GHG emissions in absolute on scope 1 & 2 (In g CO2equivalent/Kg product) (Baseline 2015)

969,000

tons of carbon emissions avoided or sequestred since 2014 by the Livelihoods Carbon Fund

Danone Partnerships (SDG 17)

  • The Livelihoods Carbon Fund: in partnership with IUCN and Ramsar (UN Convention on Wetlands), Danone initiated and invited other companies to establish the Livelihoods Fund which brings together Danone with nine companies, invests in large projects that contribute to mitigating climate change by sequestering large volumes of carbon in forests and natural ecosystems, and improving the well-being of local populations (learn more).
  • 4/ 1000: By joining forces with 4 per 1000, Danone aims to broaden these efforts and expand collaboration with experts, NGOs, governments and private companies. Launched by the French government in 2015, during the COP21, 4 per 1000 is an international platform to catalyze collaboration on soil health and soil carbon sequestration among different stakeholders (learn more).