Stonyfield Taking the Next Step in Carbon Footprinting: Measuring Full Life Cycle Emissions in Real Time by Stonyfield Amy
Our commitment to reducing our company’s environmental impact here at Stonyfield is embedded in our four-part company mission: Healthy Food, Healthy People, Healthy Planet, Healthy Business. And with keeping the health of the planet that high on our company’s list of business priorities, we’ve been measuring our carbon footprint for years, but always through a 100% manual, labor intensive process that required a healthy dose of estimating. But now thanks to groundbreaking new software, Stonyfield is able to track and measure our actual amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions automatically with a real-time carbon footprint tool. This innovative tool touches all of Stonyfield’s MAP (Mission Action Program) teams by accurately measuring the climate impact of every single ingredient and material used in making our products. What’s so important about measuring a carbon footprint in real-time? Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are produced throughout a product’s life cycle, from farm to spoon in the case of yogurt. Being able to measure actual GHG emissions–otherwise known as “carbon footprinting”–is a crucial step for a company like Stonyfield to be able to assess the impact of those emissions and then take action with specific efforts to reduce them. This new system of real-time, more accurate measurement of full life-cycle emissions will go a long way toward helping Stonyfield reach our 2012 carbon footprint reduction goals, and making progress toward our long-term goal of not only becoming 100% powered by renewable energy, but also reducing the footprint of our supply chain and operations as much as humanly (and bovine-ly) possible, as long as we exist. That’s a lofty goal – we’ll need powerful tools to get it done, and our new carbon tool can provide the insight into the hidden places where our carbon emissions can be reduced. Sure,...
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