Britvic has announced new carbon emissions reduction targets to help tackle climate change.
The new targets have been independently verified by the Science Based Target initiatives (SBTi), showing that they are in line with what the latest climate science says is needed to prevent a global temperature rise of 1.5°C and the worst impacts of climate change. This announcement makes Britvic the first UK soft drinks company to have an approved 1.5°C target.
With the support of energy performance business Carbon Credentials, Britvic has committed to halving emissions from its own operations by 2025 with a further ambitious target to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
Alongside this, Britvic recognises that its carbon impact extends beyond the company to include every aspect of a product's lifecycle. This includes everything from the harvesting of ingredients to the recycling of packaging.
To reach the 2025 science-based target, Britvic is making changes to operations, such as installing biomass boilers to power its manufacturing and switching packaging from steel to aluminium cans. The business also moved to using 100% renewable grid-sourced electricity in every Britvic manufacturing site in Great Britain in 2018, following the green electricity transitions already completed for its manufacturing sites in Ireland and Brazil.
Clive Hooper, supply chain director for Britvic, said: "We recognise the escalating urgency and ambition required to tackle the issue of climate change and are committed to stepping up our role in addressing this. By setting a 1.5°C-aligned carbon reduction target, the most ambitious science-based target currently available, we are ensuring that we lead the way in driving significant emissions reductions across our full value chain."