Climate Action: Sustainability News for 12th Feb 2024

Climate Action: Introduction

Welcome back to Play It Green’s Weekly Sustainability News, where we start every Monday with a burst of optimism and celebration of climate action. This week, we’re highlighting groundbreaking initiatives that not only showcase ingenuity but also embody our collective power for positive environmental change.

Each story is a testament to creative and sustainable problem-solving. These initiatives serve as powerful reminders of how every action, no matter the scale, contributes to a larger movement towards a more sustainable future. So, let’s dive in and explore these inspiring developments, showing our path to a greener, more responsible world.

Climate Action: Louis Dreyfus Company's Vision for Regenerative Agriculture

Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) have announced a collaboration to promote regenerative agricultural practices and habitat conservation. This partnership aims to combat climate change linked to food and agricultural production. Furthermore, it aims to enhance biodiversity and ecosystem services.

The global agrifood system is responsible for 31% of greenhouse gas emissions. Not only that, but agricultural expansion is driving 88% of native habitat loss worldwide. To achieve regenerative and deforestation-free food systems, comprehensive value chain cooperation is crucial.

LDC and TNC, both significant players in their fields, seek to speed up the shift from commitment to on-the-ground action. Their objective is a net-zero, nature-positive role for agricultural commodities. The focus is on soil health, aquifer restoration, biodiversity promotion, and climate change mitigation.

Jennifer Morris, CEO of The Nature Conservancy, stresses the need for engaging the entire value chain. From farmers to retailers, to globally eliminate deforestation and habitat conversion.

Climate Action Louis Dreyfus Company and The Nature Conservancy have amazing plans to harmonise agriculture with Nature
Louis Dreyfus Company and The Nature Conservancy have plans to harmonise agriculture with nature

The collaboration initially centres on grains, oilseeds, coffee, and cotton value chains. It emphasises regenerative agriculture and deforestation- and conversion-free production. It includes farmer incentives and enhanced monitoring and reporting. This partnership represents a significant move toward sustainability within the agricultural sector. Best of all it starts at the farm level. It highlights the potential for industry leaders to collectively address pressing environmental challenges and drive positive change.

Climate Action: Ikea has Decoupled Growth from Emissions

Ikea has achieved a remarkable feat by successfully decoupling its emissions from its financial growth. This is according to the ‘Annual Summary and Sustainability Report FY23’ published by the Ingka Group. Incredibly the company has achieved a 24.3% reduction in its climate footprint. This is compared to its 2016 baseline. Furthermore, it has also achieved a remarkable 30.9% increase in revenue.

This impressive reduction in climate footprint can be primarily attributed to Ikea’s commitment to carbon-saving initiatives. 

These include the widespread adoption of electric vehicles and a significant shift to renewable electricity sources. The company is also continuously enhancing energy efficiency measures.

As part of its transformative journey, Ikea has increased its investments in offsite renewable energy by €700 million since 2016. Amazingly the investment totals €3.8 billion. 

In 2023, Ingka Group, Ikea’s parent company, sourced 79.2% of its electricity from renewable sources. It also achieved 100% renewable electricity consumption across Ikea stores and Ingka Centres in 28 countries.

Climate Action - In an outstanding example of Climate Action, Ikea has decoupled its emissions from its growth
In an outstanding example of Climate Action, Ikea has decoupled its emissions from its growth

Its goal is to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. It also commits to reducing absolute greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% from the value chain by 2030. Ikea is on a path to becoming a fully circular business by 2030. This further solidifies its position as a sustainability leader in the retail industry.

Climate Action: Mars to Deploy 300 Electric Trucks across Europe

Mars, in its pursuit of carbon emissions reduction, has joined forces with Einride, a freight technology company. The partnership will introduce 300 electric and digitally optimised heavy-duty trucks into its European network by 2030. Amazingly, these electric operations are projected to annually save 20,000 metric tons of CO2e by 2030. This marks a 10% reduction in Mars Europe’s road transport GHG emissions each year.

The collaboration commenced with the deployment of two electric trucks and charging points powered by Einride’s operating system, Saga. This is for the route between Mars Petcare’s factory in Verden, Germany, and its distribution centre in Minden, Germany. The route covers approximately 90 km (56 miles).

Expanding across Europe, the partnership is set to follow Germany’s lead. The next routes will be in the U.K. and the Netherlands expected in 2024. Amazingly, these operations will integrate an autonomous pilot by 2025.

Barry Parkin, Chief Procurement and Sustainability Officer at Mars, Inc., emphasised the partnership’s significance in driving sustainable change and achieving Mars’ goal of global net-zero emissions by 2050. Mars is investing $1 billion globally over the next three years to drive climate action. It will focus on logistics optimisation and electrification of truck fleets.

Climate Action Mars is reducing its climate footprint by introducing 300 electric trucks to its European network
Mars is reducing its climate footprint by introducing 300 electric trucks to its European network

This initiative aligns with Mars Incorporated’s commitment to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050. Not only that, but it contributes to Mars’s broader goal of halving carbon emissions across its full value chain by 2030. By transitioning to electric fleets and leveraging Einride’s technology, Mars is actively advancing its sustainability efforts.

Climate Action: Wrap Up

This week’s stories are shining examples of sustainability in action. From Louis Dreyfus Company’s regenerative agriculture vision, Ikea’s commitment to decoupling growth from emissions, and Mars’ deployment of electric trucks across Europe. These initiatives demonstrate how innovation and commitment to sustainability can lead to significant environmental impacts. Hopefully, they inspire others to follow suit.

Join us next week for more uplifting stories. Remember, no matter how small, every action contributes to our collective journey towards a greener future. Let’s keep pushing forward with optimism and determination. And let’s celebrate every step we take on this path of green achievements.

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