Compass Group has announced a commitment to reach Net Zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its global operations and value chain by 2050.
The group, which has operations in 45 countries, employs around 550,000 people and serves over 5.5 billion meals a year said its Net Zero pledge makes it the “first international company in the contract catering industry to announce a global commitment to a 2050 net zero emissions economy”.
The pledge includes ambitious emissions reduction targets over the next decade which have been validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), and a further commitment to be carbon neutral worldwide in its own operations (Scope 1 & 2) by 2030.
The group’s decarbonisation strategy will be delivered through collaboration, innovation, and investment across its global operations. Specific actions include:
- Transition of all fleet vehicles globally to 100 per cent plug-in electric
- Switch to renewable electricity across all its own operations
- Reformulate menus to be low carbon and switch towards more plant-based proteins
- Increase sourcing from regenerative agriculture
- Focus on packaging solutions to further reduce single-use plastic
- 50 per cent reduction in food waste across its operations globally by 2030
- Increase share of seasonal and locally sourced produce
- Invest in climate positive projects worldwide to support decarbonisation, compensation and neutralisation including reforestation, biodiversity, freshwater, land and ocean initiatives
- Deliver a global deforestation-free and land conversion-free supply chain strategy
As well as driving significant reductions in its own operations, Compass has said it will use its scale and global reach to influence and work collaboratively with clients, industry associates, governments and suppliers to reduce their direct GHG emissions, set their own Net Zero and Science Based Targets and help create a more sustainable global food system for all.
Dominic Blakemore, Group Chief Executive Officer of Compass Group PLC, said:“The international food industry has a major role to play in reaching Climate Net Zero and driving the transition to a healthy and sustainable food system. Compass Group’s new global Climate Net Zero target reflects our teams’ commitment to sustainable sourcing, eliminating food waste and transforming our environmental impact.
“Given the complexity of the global food supply chain as it is today, we do not underestimate the scale of the challenge ahead of us. Radical new collaborations are urgently needed across the entire value chain to make it a reality. As the world’s largest food services group, operating at the heart of the global food supply chain, we are in a unique position to influence real change, by working in partnership with our suppliers and encouraging sustainable consumption from the clients and consumers we serve every day.”
More information on the group’s sustainability strategy and Net Zero priorities to 2030 and beyond can be found in its Global Roadmap to Net Zero.
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