Westfalia boosts green credentials by obtaining Carbon Neutral accreditation

The multinational aims to be 'carbon neutral for life' by 2049 as part of a wide-ranging sustainability strategy.

Westfalia Fruit Group has announced that 15 of its businesses have achieved the One Carbon World Carbon Neutral international standard by 2020.

As part of this project, Westfalia calculated its footprint for 2020 with the support of One Carbon World.

The group said that Westfalia Fruit in Peru, Westfalia Colombia, Westfalia Fruit Marketing in South Africa and Westfalia Fruit BV in the Netherlands had also achieved carbon neutrality status for their scope 1 and 2 emissions, as well as certification under the international standard. One Carbon World Carbon Neutral. , a carbon footprint verification organization and recognized resource partner in the UN Climate Neutral Now initiative.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to the environment, we work for the well-being of the planet and are focused on mitigating climate change. We are proud to receive this certification, which is a step on the way to our long-term goal of being 'carbon neutral for life' by 2049,” said Johnathan Sutton, group environment and safety executive.

“We are stewards of the environments and communities in which we operate, and our goal is to ensure that our environmental commitments become an integral part of our daily activities.

"We look for ways to continually improve our environmental performance and operate responsibly, focusing on priorities like reducing waste and reducing our carbon emissions."

Westfalia said it made significant progress towards its sustainability goals last year: it reduced its carbon footprint per kilogram of fruit by 5 percent, landfill waste by almost 9 percent, liquid fuel use by 26 percent. percent and electricity use by 4 percent. At the same time, it increased recycled waste by 28%, water use efficiency by 14%, and own electricity generation by 50%.

Examples of its sustainability strategy, a pioneering low-flow drip irrigation technique that saves a significant volume of water used for cultivation, while increasing the production and economic value of the fruit.

The company estimates that the approach will deliver an overall efficiency gain of 50 percent on farms where it is implemented.

For Westfalia Fruit's currently unavoidable GHG emissions, the company offset with VERRA-certified emission reductions (carbon credits) through afforestation projects in South America that are converting degraded grasslands into forest plantations.

Westfalia Fruit UK has also achieved carbon neutral certification under the Carbon Trust, an independent certification body for carbon footprints to an internationally recognized carbon neutral standard.

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