Global Issues

Implementing sustainable development requires ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. The proportion of renewable energy in the global energy mix and the global energy efficiency must both increase in order to meet with the SDG targets.

 

SDG 7 Targets to which Danone Contributes

Source: United Nations

  • Target 7.2: By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.
     
  • Target 7.3: By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency.

 

Related Business Themes Relevant for Danone

Source: SDG Compass

  • Renewable energy
  • Energy efficiency
  • Infrastructure investments
  • Environmental investments

 

Danone Engagement on SDG 7

Danone is engaged on SDG 7 as a commitment

Danone is committed to reducing energy consumption, using and promoting sustainable or renewable energy as well as supporting rural energy projects.

Reducing energy consumption in our operations

Danone has committed to reduce its total energy intensity by 60% by 2020 (2000  baseline year).

Using renewable energies and natural refrigerants in our supply chain

  • 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.
  •  In September 2017, Danone launched its new evian bottling site in France, the largest food production site to achieve carbon neutrality and completely powered by renewable energy.
  • Danone has committed to  have 100% of newly purchased refrigeration installations within its factories, supply chain and point of sales HFC- free, immediately where it is legally allowed and available and before 2025 in regions with deployment constraints.

Promoting clean energy in agriculture

To promote the use of sustainable agriculture practices in Europe, Danone supports farmers on manure management issues with projects to valorize it in energy through methanization. This is for instance the Danone Ecosystem projects "Wings" in Belgium and "Terragr'Eau" in Evian, in France. 

Supporting access to clean and affordable energy in rural communities

The Livelihoods fund is working to decrease wood consumption in emerging countries by more than 50% through the fuel-efficient cookstoves distribution. Traditional cookstoves consume a lot of wood and produce toxic smoke, which particularly affects women and children, and causes approximately 4.3 million deaths worldwide each year. Therefore the fuel-efficient cookstoves are preserving forests and mitigating climate change while protecting people's health. The objective to reach 120 000 equipped households have been reached in 2017.

 

Danone 2017 Key Performance Indicators

51%

of energy intensity reduction in factories (2000 baseline year)

18%

of renewable electricity used in Danone factories

15%

of industrial fleet new cooling installation uses climate friendly refrigerants worlwide

91%

of commercial fleet new cooling installation uses climate friendly refrigerants worldwide

Danone Partnerships (SDG 17)

  • In December 2017, Danone joined the RE100 initiative, a global and collaborative initiative that includes more than 100 influential companies committed to 100% renewable electricity. RE100 is an initiative of the Climate Group in partnership with Carbon Disclosure Project (learn more).
  • The Livelihoods Carbon Fund (LCF) was launched in 2011 by 10 investors: Danone, Schneider Electric, Crédit Agricole S.A, Michelin, Hermès, SAP, Groupe Caisse des Dépôts, La Poste, Firmenich, Voyageurs du Monde. LCF leverages the carbon economy to finance ecosystem restoration, agroforestry and rural energy projects to improve food security for rural communities and increase farmers’ revenues (learn more).