Horizon Organic has announced its ambition of becoming the first carbon positive national dairy brand in the US by 2025.
It is aiming to achieve carbon neutrality and then go beyond that by removing or preventing additional carbon from entering the atmosphere, therefore becoming carbon positive.
Horizon Organic, part of Danone North America, has published the life cycle assessment (LCA) on whole milk half gallons, providing a look at the brand’s carbon footprint and the next steps it will take to reduce emissions.
It found two-thirds of its greenhouse gas emissions come from on-farm activities such as soil management, enteric fermentation, manure management and milking.
The remaining one third of emissions come from off-farm activities such as manufacturing, transportation, final product, packaging and end-of-life.
Some of the steps Horizon Organic intends to take to reduce its carbon footprint from farm to fridge include enhancing soil health, improving processing and distribution through the purchase of renewable energy and making 100% of packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.
Deanna Bratter, Head of Sustainable Development at Danone North America said: “Time is not on our side when it comes to climate change and it’s the responsibility of businesses to act with urgency and transparency.
“Releasing Horizon Organic’s carbon footprint is only the first step in this journey. We’re now focusing on partnerships and investing in our family farmers to implement carbon reduction projects to meet our ambitious carbon positive by 2025 goal.”