IRELAND – Irish food company Kerry Group has become the latest major food company to join pro-clean energy club of most influential companies in the world otherwise known as RE100.

While announcing its admission into the RE100, Kerry also unveiled its ambitious sustainably plans, committing to have its operations powered by 100% renewable electricity by 2025.

RE100 is a global initiative led by the Climate Group in partnership with CDP, that aims to bring together the world’s most influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity.

The decision to join the RE100 follows the unveiling of Kerry Group’s Beyond the Horizon sustainability strategy which includes a commitment to achieve net zero greenhouse emissions before 2050.

To further minimize its impact on the environment, the company has also said that it aims to reduce its operational emissions by 33% by 2030 as it works towards the 2050 goal.

“The scale of the challenge to address the growing climate crisis cannot be underestimated and requires a concerted global effort from all parts of society,” said Juan Aguiriano, Kerry Group head of sustainability.

Aguriano noted that his company’s commitment to using 100% renewable electricity will have an immediate impact and will reduce its footprint by over one million tonnes of carbon between now and 2025.

Sam Kimmins, head of RE100 at the Climate Group noted that by committing to 100% renewable electricity across their entire operations, Kerry Group was demonstrating its leadership and sending a powerful message that renewables make business sense.

Kerry joins a number of global food companies which have committed to significantly reduce their carbon footprints.

Diageo and Nestle for instance recently renewed their commitments to sustainable production this year by launching ambitious strategic 10-year plans for their respective business operations.

For Diageo, the target is to achieve 100% recycled content in packaging by 2030 while for Nestle the target is to achieve net carbon zero by 2050.

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