Tyson Foods aims for net-zero GHG by 2050

United States
Published:  09 June, 2021

The U.S. meatpacker has announced its ambition to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its global operations and supply chain by 2050. This and the release of the company’s fiscal year 2020 Sustainability Progress Report underscores its commitment to combatting the growing climate crisis.

John Tyson, Chief Sustainability Officer at Tyson Foods said: “As the first U.S.-based protein company in the food and beverage sector to have an emissions reduction target approved by the Science Based Targets initiative, we hope to continue to push the industry as a leader and remain committed to making a positive impact on our planet, with our team members, consumers and customers, and in the communities we serve.”
The move to net zero is an expansion of the company’s current science-based target of achieving a 30% GHG emissions reduction by 2030, which is aligned with limiting global temperature rise to 2℃. Key areas the company will be prioritising to meet this goal include:

  • Updating the baseline for emissions to align with limiting global temperature rise to 1.5℃, consistent with the Paris Agreement, by the end of 2023
  • Establishing a pathway to using 50% renewable energy across its domestic operations by 2030
  • Completing initial land stewardship target of engaging 2-million feed acres and expanding the total acres by 2025, including a total target of 100% of feed purchased by 2030
  • Expanding the company’s current 5-million-acre grazing lands target for sustainable beef production practices by 2025
  • Continuing work to eliminate deforestation risk throughout its global supply chain by 2030
  • Supporting climate action policies through advocacy groups such as the Net Zero Business Alliance

Tyson Foods’ new ambition, along with the company’s existing sustainability goals, is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. As part of its ongoing work in this space, Tyson will continue its involvement in World Wildlife Fund Forest Land and Agriculture (FLAG) Consultative Group and continue partnerships and collaborations with organisations such as World Resources Institute, The Nature Conservancy, Environmental Defense Fund and World Wildlife Fund.