Aiming for carbon net zero by 2040

We have developed an environmental roadmap aimed at helping us to become carbon net zero by 2040.

The roadmap identifies a number of areas that will reduce the environmental impact of our business whilst we support farmers in doing the same on farm.

Mole Valley Farmers’ CEO Jack Cordery says: “The environmental challenge facing the world is significant and complicated and no business or organisation can achieve transformational change alone. However, we take our role seriously in the agricultural and retail supply chains and recognise the active part we must play within them to achieve net zero.

“We’ve already started on a journey to help our farming customers meet their environmental commitments through our Climate Positive Agriculture initiative and we want to build on that."

We are working hard to:

1. Become carbon net zero by 2040

2. Operate a 100% clean, zero carbon transport fleet by 2030

We will continue to invest in electric vehicles and anticipate we will not purchase conventional fuel vehicles into the fleet from 2030. We anticipate moving to hydrogen-powered trucks in the next 5-10 years.

3. Ensure all energy requirements are met from 100% renewable energy sources by 2025

This builds on existing work which includes powering our Dorchester feed mill with energy from an anaerobic digester, moving the retail store estate to LED lighting and installing EV chargers for customers’ use in a selection of stores.

4. Eliminate wherever possible the use of non-recyclable packaging from own label products by 2030

We are working hard to reduce single use plastics and introduce environmentally friendly materials across the business, whilst making it easier for customers to recycle packaging. Plastic bags have already been phased out in retail stores.

5. To source 100% of feed materials from 100% sustainable and environmentally friendly sources by 2025

We are a member of the Round Table on Responsible Soy Association (RTRS) and Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). Since October 2021, for every tonne of soya or palm bought, RTRS credits are purchased to financially support responsibly grown crops. This will encourage zero deforestation, good agricultural practices and responsible labour conditions.

Mole Valley Farmers has already taken market-leading steps to help farmers understand and reduce the carbon footprint of ruminant diets. These include:

  • Understanding the carbon footprint of every feed ingredient delivered to their mills.
  • Declaring the carbon footprint on the label of all conventional dairy compounds and blends produced by Mole Valley Feed Solutions.
  • Giving farmers choice by producing compound feeds which do not include soya or palm.
  • The ability to determine the nitrogen and methane impact of different diets using their Precision Nutrition rationing programme.
  • Launching Great British Feeds, which include ingredients grown in Britain as the main components.
  • Working to reduce the carbon footprint of their feed mills.
  • Focusing on soils, fertilisers and forages.

Jack Cordery adds: “British agriculture will play a vital and positive role in addressing climate change. Efficient production systems, an increasing sustainability focus and high animal welfare standards lead the world. We will build on these and be a driver for change, supporting our farmers and working with the industry to continue raising environmental standards and ultimately achieve net zero.”

Our environmental statement, which outlines our environmental commitments in more detail, is available to view at moleonline.com/environment

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