Sysco Corporation has committed to electrifying 35% of its U.S. tractor fleet and sourcing 100% renewable energy to reduce emissions across its global operations.
The foodservice distribution company’s emissions reduction target aligns with the Paris Agreement and is an integral part of the company’s roadmap to reducing its carbon footprint over the next decade.
Sysco aims to reduce its Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 27.5% by 2030, and ensure that suppliers covering 67% of Sysco’s Scope 3 emissions establish science-based targets by 2026.
Sysco’s Scope 1 and 2 reduction efforts will be achieved in part by electrifying over a third of its U.S. tractor fleet by 2030, equivalent to adding nearly 2,500 electric trucks. In addition, the company will source 100% renewable electricity for its global operations by 2030.
Partnering with suppliers will be an essential element to achieving the company’s bold 2026 Scope 3 target as they represent the largest emissions reduction opportunities. The company will leverage existing momentum, as nearly half of the targeted Scope 3 emissions relate to suppliers that have already committed to or set science-based targets.
“At Sysco, we recognize and take seriously our role as a global industry leader. We understand that taking action now on climate change is important to the future of our planet and have developed an actionable, achievable plan with a clear roadmap to meaningfully reduce emissions. Over time, we believe we will be able to do more and are motivated to further our work across the value chain to quicken the pace of innovation and provide a pathway for other companies to participate in climate action,” said Neil Russell, Sysco’s senior vice president of corporate affairs and chief communications officer.
Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing, and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Its family of products also includes equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries. With more than 58,000 associates, the company operates 343 distribution facilities worldwide and serves more than 650,000 customer locations.