Stonyfield Organic, Londonderry, N.H., announced its science-based target to reduce carbon output by a target of 30% by 2030. With approval by The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), Stonyfield Organic's target is aligned with the Paris Agreement's broader goals to limit global warming to less than 2°C and cut global greenhouse gas emissions by 49-72% from 2010 levels by 2050.
"We know there is great urgency to solve climate change," says Lisa Drake, director of sustainability innovation. "A healthy planet is one of Stonyfield's guiding tenets, and we're proud to be among the earliest corporations to take significant action toward driving down global greenhouse gas emissions. As a member of the Ceres BICEP Network since 2009, Stonyfield is equally as committed to advocating for policies that will help the U.S. reduce emissions at the pace and scale necessary to tackle climate change. We are hopeful that more North American companies will join us in making science-based targets a standard business practice to ensure the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing carbon emissions."
SBTi is a partnership between CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), London; United Nations Global Compact; World Resources Institute (WRI), Washington, D.C.; and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Switzerland.
"The latest science has made it clear that more needs to be done - and faster - in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change and secure a thriving, sustainable economy. The next few years are critical, and companies like Stonyfield Organic have a vital role to play in helping achieve transformation at the pace and scale that is needed," says Alberto Carrillo Pineda, director, science-based targets and renewable energy at CDP.
Stonyfield Organic's carbon reduction efforts will also focus on energy, waste, packaging and logistics.
"With 30 by 30 and OpenTEAM, we are accelerating our sustainability initiatives to do our part to close the gap created by the lack of leadership from the federal government on climate change," says Gary Hirshberg, co-founder. "Our commitment to reducing our company's environmental impact here at Stonyfield Organic is embedded in our longstanding company mission—healthy food, healthy people and a healthy planet. We have proven that a healthy business can play a critical role in a healthy planet, and now we're going further to help make an even bigger impact in the fight against climate change."