Danone achieves landmark carbon neutral certification of Wexford plant

The Carbon Trust has certified Danone's baby formula production site Wexford as carbon neutral

Certification is a step towards realizing Danone’s commitment to achieving zero net carbon emissions across its entire value chain by 2050.

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7 July 2020 | 0

Danone’s facility in Wexford has become the first baby formula production site in the world to be certified carbon neutral by the Carbon Trust, an independent global climate change and sustainability consultancy.

The company describes the “industry-leading milestone” as a step towards achieving its goal of zero net carbon emissions by 2050, which illustrates how Danone executes on its ‘One Planet. One Health’ frame of action, to protect the health of people and that of the planet.

Danone Wexford is located in one of the world’s leading sustainable grass-fed dairy sectors and employs 350 people. It produces leading brands like Aptamil, Cow & Gate and Nutrilon for consumers in 41 countries around the worldThe plant sustainably manufactures high-quality baby formula by:

  • Curbing carbon emissions: the plant sources 100% renewable electricity and uses a biomass boiler powered by sustainable wood fuels. This has resulted in 10.000 tons of CO2 savings compared to the plant’s emissions in 2010, representing a 70% reduction in its direct carbon footprint, whilst doubling its production volumes since then. Since the end of 2019 the remaining direct carbon emissions of the plant have been fully offset with Gold Standard certificates.
  • Implementing digital technologies for efficiencies and sustainability performance: the facility has developed a digital roadmap which includes a significant number of initiatives to become a paperless site, using drones for monitoring inventory and innovative technologies for monitoring energy.
  • Supporting local economy: the sustainable wood fuel powering the boiler is sourced from the local wood chipping industry, also delivering a positive economic impact in Wexford County.
  • Contributing to regenerative agriculture practices in Ireland: as a verified member of Origin Green, the only global food and drink sustainability program uniting Government, food producers and the private sector.
  • Achieving zero-waste to landfill:all waste from production processes or packaging materials is recovered.

“At extraordinary times like the one we are living at the moment, it is more important than ever to protect the local ecosystems where we operate and create sustainable value for everyone,” said Emmanuel Faber, chairman and CEO of Danone.

“I truly want to congratulate our people in Wexford for realizing an ambitious vision set more than 10 years ago,” he added. “This is only a first step and we should accelerate even more to create a low-emissions, climate resilient future. It is through key investments like this one that we take a step forward towards reaching this ambition.”

Prior to Wexford’s certification, Danone had achieved a number of other significant achievements in both sustainable manufacturing and climate strategy. For further information on these, head to www.danone.com.

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