UK – Tate & Lyle PLC, a leading global food and beverage ingredient supplier, has announced announce that it has exceeded its 2020 environmental targets, set using a 2008 baseline. 

In a statement, the company said that it was able to reduce scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, generated by on-site energy use, by 25% (an equivalent of the carbon captured by nearly 1 million acres of US forestry) against a target of 19%.

Additionally, the company was able to reduce waste to landfill was by 37% (an equivalent of 1,700 garbage trucks) exceeding the set target of target of 30%.

“The GHG emissions reduction target was delivered largely by investing in the transition to cleaner energy sources, such as replacing the coal boiler with a natural gas-fired combined heat and power system at the corn wet mill in Loudon,” Tennessee, explains Tate & Lyle.

The waste target was, on the other hand, met largely by eliminating certain waste streams from the production process by reclaiming organic solids which would otherwise have been sent to landfill.

With the 2008 targets now achieved, Tate & Lyle is now focusing on new ambitious environmental targets for 2030 for GHG emissions, waste, water and sustainable agriculture which the company set in may 2020.

The company says that the 2030 GHG emissions reduction targets have been validated as science-based by the Science Based Targets Initiative, meaning they are in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement in Climate Change.

 “We are proud of the progress we have made against our environmental commitments over the last decade, and are now absolutely focused on delivering our new targets for 2030,”  said Nick Hampton, Chief Executive at Tate & Lyle.

“Every part of our global team, from production to procurement, supply chain to sales, are playing their part to deliver our purpose of Improving Lives for Generations by caring for our planet and helping to tackle the world’s biggest shared challenge of climate change.”

Tate and Lyle has also been aggressively pursuing efforts to achieve diversity in its workforce and recently named Lauren von Stackelberg as the chief equity, diversity and inclusion officer.

Ms. von Stackelberg who started her new role in April 19 will lead the development of Tate & Lyle’s equity, diversity and inclusion strategy, policies, and programs to create an inclusive and diverse culture and workforce.

Ms. von Stackelberg most recently was global head of inclusion and diversity at Expedia Group since May 2019. She has previously worked in diversity and inclusion roles at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and as a private banker and global investment strategist at Barclays.

She is also founder of a Micro-Fund in Ghana and a member of a steering committee of a consortium for pay equity.

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