Dawn Meats, one of Europe’s leading meat processors, has cut its CO2 emissions by 33%, just four years into a ten-year strategy to reduce its environmental impact.
The group has ambitious targets to reduce water and energy intensity by 40% and CO2 emission intensity by 50%, both by 2025.
At the end of 2018, water intensity had reduced by 23%, energy intensity by 18%, and CO2 emissions by 33% (the group wants to be Europe’s most sustainable meat company).
Chief executive, Niall Browne, said the group has demonstrated strong commitment to environmental best practice, by committing to the Science Based Targets initiative (the first European beef and lamb processor to do so).
Bord Bia chief executive, Tara McCarthy, said it is clear from Dawn Meats latest report that it is progressing and has set ambitious goals for the future.
A family-owned business, Dawn Meats was established in Co Waterford in 1980, has annual revenue of over €2bn, exports to more than 50 countries, employs 7,000 staff in 12 countries, and directly sources grassfed cattle and lamb from 15,000 Irish farmers.