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Carbon emissions are a key contributor to climate change and over the past number of years Kerry has been increasingly focused on managing and reducing its carbon footprint. We measure our footprint using carbon equivalents in line with the internationally recognised Greenhouse Gas Protocol and report annually through the CDP. In 2016 we achieved a rating of A- from the CDP, which places us at a leadership level and recognises that as a Group we are pursuing current best practice. 

We use an independent third party, Jacobs, to provide assurance on our carbon measurement and performance. They have provided assurance in accordance with the AA1000 Assurance Standard (2008) and their most recent assurance statement can be accessed here

As a Group, we have targeted a 13% reduction in CO2 per unit of output between 2015 and 2020 for our direct operations, compared to baseline year of 2013. This builds on a 13.4% reduction achieved since 2011. By year end 2016, we realised a carbon reduction of 2.5%, slightly behind our target reduction for Year 2 of the programme. However, given the planned projects over the remaining term we remain confident of delivering against our 2020 goal.

Carbon2013 Base Year2020 Target2016 Target2016 Performance
CO2 per Tonne* 320.18kg 278.56kg 308.07kg 312.18kg
% Change -13% -3.8% -2.5%

*Novem Adjusted

Novem Adjustment

Kerry Group’s actual performance has been adjusted to reflect like-for-like performance to our baseline year. We use the Novem Methodology for carbon reporting to adjust our baseline target reduction number in order to account for changes to product mix that have had a material effect on carbon intensity. The Novem Methodology predicts what the absolute GHG emissions for the production of a group of products would be if the base year emissions per tonne were applied to today’s production levels and product mix. This allows a meaningful comparison between two production periods based on improvements in the emissions per tonne for each product group. The Novem procedure applies only where targets are relative and Kerry Group measures GHG emissions on a CO2 per tonne output basis.