At Ingham’s we are implementing a comprehensive Energy Saving Plan to help achieve a reduction in energy use of 10%. Detailed energy assessments and other tools are used to identify opportunities to reduce energy use at our processing, feed mills and farming sites.
Climate change presents new and increasing challenges to our business and our people. We have undertaken a number of things in order to better understand and reduce our carbon emissions and to prepare for adaptation. Our detailed carbon footprint enables us to better understand risks and opportunities in how we generate greenhouse gases and where we should focus our efforts to reduce our impact and address the risks.
We are working in a number of areas including reducing energy use, reducing waste and assessing the risks of climate change to the operations. At the same time, using our resources more effectively helps us manage our business better, making us more efficient with fewer resources.
The carbon footprint is the measure of the greenhouse gas produced as a result of our activities. Greenhouse gases contribute to climate change and are subject to a worldwide push for reduction. This impact is measured in carbon dioxide equivalent units, hence the term ‘carbon’ footprint.
Our carbon footprint is comprehensive and includes the three different scopes of measurement:
Just over 60% of our footprint is attributed to indirect emissions.
Of the proportion we are directly responsible for, 60% is attributed to energy use and waste generation, and these areas are given priority in our carbon reduction strategy.
It means we need to look at improving our energy efficiency as well as looking into alternative renewable energy sources. We also need to look closely at our purchased goods and services, and work with suppliers and the wider supply chain to reduce impacts.
In early 2008, we commissioned an independent review of our supply chain, mapping each stage of our product lifecycle to identify where greenhouse gases are generated. We started by looking at the production of grain, then worked through all of our operations including breeding, rearing, hatching, processing and feedmilling, and finally contract growing transportation and waste disposal.
The greenhouse gas emissions were then calculated based on that data. We update this information on a regular basis using information collected in our sustainability reports.
If you’d like more information on the efforts we’re making towards reducing our carbon footprint and overall impact on the environment, we encourage you to read our full Sustainability Strategy or get in touch with a company representative here.