Avara Foods’ sustainability targets on track despite ‘challenging business conditions’

Avara Foods has reported it is on track to reach its sustainability goals and its commitment “has never wavered”, despite “challenging business conditions faced over the last year.”

The food manufacturer has set an array of targets through its For Good brand and has unveiled its 2022 Responsible Business Report which shows its ahead of targets looking to reach an absolute reduction from 46% of its scope one and two emissions by 2030.

It is also ahead of its goal to reach absolute reduction from 28% of its scope three emissions by 2030, by switching to a zero waste to landfill contract and having introduced packaging that uses less plastic, as well as reducing associated emissions by 9% from 2020 to 2021.

In looking to continue its progress in reaching this target, Avara Foods is trialing an alternative to natural gas initially with heat exchange pumps and investigating new technologies within its supply chain.

It is also trialing new feed formulations and ingredients to reduce the carbon footprint associated with South American soya and will only be using electric or hybrid vehicles across its company car fleet.

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Among other sustainability targets, Avara foods has reported it is currently on track to hit its target to be net zero by 2040 and its plastics pact 2025 which includes eliminating single-use packaging and 100% of its plastic packaging being reusable, recyclable or compostable.

The manufacturer is also set to hit its 2025 water ambition which includes monitoring water use in its own operations and improving efficiency, having currently reduced its water consumption by 13% since 2019.

“When we launched the For Good brand 12 months ago, we made clear that acting responsibly is a long-term commitment at the heart of our business,” Avara CEO, Andy Dawkins said.

“It’s part of who we and how we work, and always will be. Given the backdrop, and challenging business conditions faced over the last year, I’m proud to say our commitment to our sustainability agenda has never wavered”.

Avara people and sustainability director, Andrew Brodie added: “We are ahead of our Science Based Target schedule, have reduced plastic packaging, crystallised a sustainable welfare proposition and put ourselves at the heart of communities as an employer.

“This report shows that being a responsible business is at the core of our values and strategy, and it’s encouraging to see strong progress against the ambitious goals we’ve set. Of course, this is an ongoing journey and we can always get better. For Good is the framework we use to keep us on track and continuously improving”.



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