Ingham’s tackles climate-change with science-based targets

Ingham’s relies on best-practice agriculture, farming and animal welfare to remain sustainable. Therefore, we have committed to the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to manage our environmental practices to help protect the planet.

The Science-Based Target initiative is a partnership between CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute and the World Wide Fund for Nature. The initiative’s urgent call-to-action is to help companies prevent the worsening effects of climate change by reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.

Ingham’s Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Reeves said: “Sustainability is core to Ingham’s strategy and is the right thing to do by our people, our animals and our planet. Our integrated network and supply chain extends from the farm to the table. To have a sustainable business, we therefore must protect our environment and our agriculture.

“Science-based targets provide us with the pathway to make meaningful change in our business. Our targets include reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 43 per cent, reducing water usage by 20 per cent and reducing waste to landfill by 20 per cent by 2030 against a 2019 baseline.

“We will do this collaboratively with every site having a bespoke Environmental Management Plan to each improve their environmental performance, and with the support of our services teams for opportunities that can be leveraged company-wide,” Andrew said.

By joining this initiative, Ingham’s also joins the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Race to Zero and the most ambitious aim of the Paris Agreement – to reach net zero global emissions by 2050 at the latest to limit global warming to -1.5°C.

Alberto Carrillo Pineda, Managing Director of the Science Based Targets initiative, said: “There is no time to lose. The transformation to a net-zero economy is unavoidable. Hundreds of businesses are leading the way by setting ambitious 1.5°C science-based targets. To stand a fighting chance of maintaining a habitable planet, we urgently need more companies to act on climate science and to decarbonize our economy.”

Some of the initiatives Ingham’s has started to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions includes installing LED lights across our facilities, monitoring site’s energy efficiency, and at Te Aroha in New Zealand, Ingham’s is using bore water heat recovery in its processing facility to reduce the natural gas usage.

Ingham’s is committed to taking care of our planet and proud to be part of this important global initiative.