Kellogg Wants Suppliers to Report Carbon Emissions

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Kellogg Wants Suppliers to Report Carbon Emissions

As part of a broader initiative to be more environmentally friendly, Kellogg announced Wednesday it will step up efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions.

Kellogg said Wednesday it will step up efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions in its supply chain as part of a broader initiative designed to be more environmentally friendly.

Among the specifics promised by Kellogg: a move to responsible sourcing of its top 10 ingredients by 2020, and an additional 15% decrease in energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions.

Kellogg will also strengthen cutback requirements for its own plans by building on a 2008 pledge to reduce emissions from 15 percent to 20 percent, said Diane Holdorf, chief sustainability officer. It also promised to join Business for Innovative Climate and EnergyPolicy, a coalition that supports legislation favoring cleaner energy and a low-carbon economy.

Oxfam recently issued a harsh critique of 10 of the world’s largest food and beverage companies, noting that if combined, they would be the 25th most polluting country on earth. The announcement from Kellogg drew praise from Oxfam International, a group pushing the food and beverage industry to reduce carbon emissions.

Kellogg’s main competitor, General Mills Inc. (NYSE:GIS), made a similar announcement two weeks ago.


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