Carbon neutrality goal set by pet food giant

Royal Canin is committed to becoming certified carbon neutral by 2025

Royal Canin is committed to becoming certified carbon neutral by 2025. Photo ©BigStockPhoto.comTransitioning to renewable electricity and reducing waste are among the steps set to be taken by Royal Canin to achieve net zero within four years.

Mars, Inc., the pet food brand’s parent company, has announced Royal Canin will become certified carbon neutral by 2025, with its first product range aiming to be certified carbon neutral next year.

Royal Canin says it will use the internationally recognized PAS 2060 standard and will report on its journey ‘transparently and regularly.’

“We consider carbon neutrality a necessity for future generations, and it is our responsibility to contribute to this effort,” says the brand’s global sustainability director, Fabrice Mathieu. “We know this journey won’t be easy, but we’re committed to taking action to reduce our footprint and making the investments needed together with partners across our value chain worldwide”.

To achieve its goal, Royal Canin has announced four ‘action areas.’ They are:

  • Transitioning to renewable electricity in its factories and offices;
  • Procuring sustainable ingredients for its products;
  • Reducing waste and boosting circularity; and
  • A ‘climate-smart’ business transformation (e.g. senior executive pay linked to delivering emissions cuts, the roll-out of an associate sustainability engagement, awareness, and upskilling program, etc.).

“It is science-led initiatives and decisive action, not just ambition, which will help us hit our 2025 climate target,” says Royal Canin’s president, Loic Moutault. “We believe making this bold carbon neutral commitment will inspire and mobilize new and impactful ideas, action, and results across Royal Canin’s global value chain that will help us improve our environmental footprint and make a meaningful positive difference to pets, people, and the planet.”

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