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Going green with Kellogg’s

Here at Kellogg’s, we’re a company that acts in an environmentally conscious way in everything we do so we’re doing lots of work around the world to preserve the environment.

Through our 2020 Commitments and beyond, we’re aiming to continue this tradition by reducing energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, water use and waste while making our packaging resource-efficient.

Additionally, Kellogg’s was one of the first companies to set an ambitious target for reducing emissions and we’ve committed to sourcing 100% renewable or ‘green’ electricity by 2050.

This also aligns with our support for UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #13, to take action to combat climate change and its impacts.

And we’re already on this journey with our factories and facilities in Europe.

Let there be green light

Overall since 2015, Kellogg’s European manufacturing facilities have reduced the amount of greenhouse gas emissions by almost 13%.

In our Manchester facility in the UK, we’ve seen an 8% reduction in energy use and a greenhouse gas emissions decrease of an impressive 26%. Additionally we’ve reduced waste at the site too. So we really are making huge strides in our environmental performance.

We have also achieved great things in Spain. At our factory in Valls, we have reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by almost 47%.

Water, water everywhere

We also have a positive water performance across all our Kellogg European Snacks facilities: Mechelen in Belgium, Kutno in Poland and Wrexham in Manchester where the teams reduced water use by over 8% since 2015.

Looking further afield, in Egypt since 2015, all of our five Kellogg facilities have become significantly more efficient as they have reduced their water usage by over 8%.

So how do we do it? Well, around the world we have technical teams helping us find innovative and exciting ways to save water, called water reuse projects. These techniques involve things like using ‘reverse osmosis’ to filter used water, allowing it to be reused.

In some countries we have set-up projects to support the health and quality of key water reserves in the areas that we source and produce our foods. To do this, we work with Non-government organisation (NGO) stakeholders to help us measure the benefits and results of our efforts.

Green energy sources

Lastly, in order to achieve the goal of 100% renewable energy by 2050 we are using low carbon energy such as solar, wind, hydro, and cogeneration heat and power in our facilities.

So, we’ve made great progress, but we won’t stop there, we’ll continue to live our founder’s values and be mindful of the natural resources we use to bring people in Europe their favourites cereals and snacks.

Note: All % figures refer to a per tonne of food reduction since 2015.