Meira wants to be at the forefront of Finnish companies in fighting climate change and manufacture its products in the best possible way for the planet and people. That is why the company is committed to setting science-based greenhouse gas emissions targets (SBTi, Science Based Targets) and aiming for carbon neutrality by 2030. The intermediate goal is to halve the greenhouse gas emissions at the Vallila roastery and spice factory from the 2018 level by the end of 2022. The commitment to SBTi is an ambitious goal for a company the size of Meira.
”In practice, this means that our emission reductions are in line with the 1.5 degree warming limit of the Paris Agreement. The scientificity and adequasy of our goal is assessed by an external body, the Science Based Targets organization,” says Meira´s Sustainability Director Marleena Bask.
Less than 30 companies from Finland involved
Founded in 2015, the SBTi is a partnership between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). More than a thousand companies are involved internationally, and so far* 29 companies from Finland have either set, or like Meira, committed to setting science-based emission reduction targets.
Meira wants to be at the forefront of promoting environmental well-being in the fight against climate change and is the third Finnish food company to commit to setting SBT targets.
Greenhouse gas emissions are generated both directly from Meira´s own operations (Scope 1) and through the energy purchased by the company (Scope 2). The carbon footprint of the company´s operations (Scope 1 and 2) in 2019 was 2 585 tonnes, which corresponds to the annual carbon footprint of approximately 260 Finns. Meira plans to convert all energy used in the operations to 100% renewable energy by 2030. In addition, the company intends to significantly improve the energy efficiency of its operations and, in accordance with the SBT principles, also engage its partners in the value chain in the fight against climate change.
According to the Marleena Bask, sustainability at Meira starts with the company mission “Fairly, for far better moments”, and the sustainability program based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals permeates Meira´s operations in all areas.
“Among other things, Meira has committed to raise the recycling rate of the Vallila plant to 80 percent by 2022, and we are already recycling the biowaste into biogas for our production’s needs. By 2030, all our packages will be made from recyclable, recycled or renewable materials. 100 percent of the green coffee used will been certified as sustainable by the end of 2022, and by the end of 2023, 80 percent of spice raw materials will come from certified or low-risk sources.”, Bask summarizes proudly.
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*) the situation on 16.2.2021