We’re a

Carbon Neutral Company

We’re committed to meaningful action to protect our planet. We set bold, science-based targets to reduce our carbon footprint, eliminated, reduced and neutralized our Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions and a portion of Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions, and proudly became carbon neutral in 2019.

Becoming the world’s first major carbon neutral food company was a big step in our fight against climate change.

How we became carbon neutral

It all started with a sustainability commitment to reduce our environmental footprint. When we realized that wasn’t enough, we decided to become the world’s first major carbon neutral food company. Here’s our carbon neutral story.

What exactly does carbon neutral mean?

For Maple Leaf Foods, carbon neutral means that we eliminate and reduce our emissions as much as possible, and then any remaining greenhouse gas emissions that we put into the atmosphere are then equally balanced out by the amount that the offset projects we invest in take out of the atmosphere.

To become carbon neutral, we made a lot of changes. We converted to more energy efficient practices at our plants, avoided activities that would generate a lot of carbon, set science-based targets, and aggressively reduced our greenhouse gas emissions. We then neutralized all the remaining, unavoidable Scope 1 and 2 emissions and a portion of Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions.

There are emissions that we cannot avoid, so we “neutralize” them by investing in high-impact environmental projects across North America that help bring our net carbon footprint to zero.

GHG in numbers

  • We optimized our logistics program and eliminated 8,552,943 km of truck transportation. That’s a reduction of 9,176 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • We reduced 2,300 CO2 emissions across our operations in 2020 by using reusable pallets.
  • We installed an Ammonia Heat Recovery System at our manufacturing plant in Hamilton. We’ve saved over 850,000 m3 of natural gas and eliminated over 1,500 tonnes of CO2e from our operations.

Sustainability Report

We’re documenting and calculating all the changes we’re making. See our progress in our 2021 Sustainability Report.