P&G targets carbon neutral operations through the next decade

P&G head office

Procter & Gamble (P&G) has committed to transform its global operations to be carbon neutral for the next decade through a series of initiatives.

The global FMCG giant said it will go beyond its existing science based targets for climate goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50%, by additionally advancing a portfolio of natural climate solutions.

It plans to reduce GHG emissions by 50% and purchase 100% renewable electricity for all manufacturing sites by 2030.

These efforts will deliver a carbon benefit that balances any remaining emissions over the next 10 years, allowing P&G operations to be carbon neutral for the decade. Based on current estimates, the Company will need to balance ~30 million metric tons of carbon from 2020 to 2030.

“Climate change is happening, and action is needed now,” said David Taylor, P&G Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “By reducing our carbon footprint and investing in natural climate solutions, we will be carbon neutral for the decade across our operations and help protect vulnerable ecosystems and communities around the world.”

James McCall, Senior Director, Global Climate and Supply Chain Sustainability at P&G, told Packaging News he expects consumers to demand even more sustainable practices following the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The pandemic has given everyone time to stop and think about the impact we are having on the world around us. I think the demand and the desire for more sustainable choices on the shelf is going to increase even more.”

He said that plastic packaging, like any other material, has a place in the supply chain.

“That place is just not in the ocean and not in our landfills.”

He said global corporations, government agencies, NGOs, consumer organisations and ultimately consumers all have a role to play in how waste is disposed and recycled.

“Strategically, we as one company can not go in and fix the entire infrastructure around waste recycling; the easiest way to help clean up the ocean is to prevent that waste from ever getting into the ocean in the first place.”