Foodservice supplier Bidfood has announced its commitment to a net zero carbon target in a bid to champion change within the foodservice sector.
The wholesaler has joined the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to reduce its carbon emissions
It hopes the move will encourage suppliers and customers to follow suit, and drive governments to take bolder action.
Bidfood have committed to a target date of 2045 to achieve their science-based target reduction and will be focusing heavily on reducing its emissions across not only internal operations, but also working with customers and suppliers in collaboration, to see how together they can reduce their overall carbon footprint.
SBTi signatories aim to limit global warming to well-below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, with many pursuing efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C.
Heather Angus, people and sustainability director at Bidfood commented: "For many years at Bidfood, we have measured and managed our Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions. As we continue to drive towards delivering service excellence for our customers whilst putting our planet first, we are proud and excited to be working alongside Carbon Intelligence to widen our focus and management to include Scope 3, and to develop our carbon reduction plan with an aim to achieve net zero carbon by 2045."
Julie Owst, head of sustainability at Bidfood, added: "This is a fantastic step forward for Bidfood; the global food system has a huge part to play in reducing global emissions.
"The degree of change needed to decarbonise is both huge and daunting, but the alternatives of extreme climate change are even worse. I hope our step forward compels other food organisations to join us."