Dunbia, the UK division of Dawn Meats Group, is investing an initial £1 million in a new multi-year, full supply chain project to measure the carbon footprint of 500 UK farms, working with suppliers to reduce emissions and improve emissions accounting.

The ‘Bigger Steps for Smaller Footprints’ project will improve the primary data available in relation to on-farm emissions, helping Dunbia to reduce carbon emissions in its supply chain and is of strategic importance in delivering on Scope 3 commitments for both Dunbia and its UK customers.

The Carbon Trust will use this sample of 500 carbon footprints to calculate a representative measure of emissions for the 20,000 farms that supply Dunbia.

The Carbon Trust will also independently verify the methodology employed, ensuring credibility and transparency, allowing Dunbia and its customers to report emissions and reductions to a recognised standard.

Leading agricultural sustainability consultancy company, Promar International will deliver independent expert advice to participating farmers providing information and training on measures that can help reduce on farm emissions. Farm carbon footprints will be reassessed every 18-24 months.

SBTi targets for Dunbia

Two years ago, Dunbia became the first beef and lamb processor in Europe to commit to the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), which aims to drive operational and supply chain emissions reductions to support the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°.

Dunbia is also working with industry groups such as WRAP’s Meat in a Net Zero World and the UK Cattle Sustainability Platform to scale up the adoption of sustainable farming practices and to advance supply chain data collection and emissions accounting.

Michael Doran, retail commercial director at Dunbia commented:

“Bigger Steps for Smaller Footprints is a large-scale project and reaches across the entire supply chain.

"The aim is to support farmers and increase the adoption of practices which both reduce emissions and deliver efficiencies.

"By working together to achieve our climate targets, we will create a sustainable beef and lamb supply chain which is fit for the future.”