By Gary Thomas
Marfrig Group’s first Scope 3 Global Greenhouse Gases Emissions Inventory has been completed that includes all emission sources that are not under the direct control of the company which include grain production used as feed, ruminant enteric emissions and third party product transportation to clients.
The range of supply chains and products and the fact that manufacturing facilities are present globally were a key challenge for completing the inventory. Marfrig Group is a highly diversified food company. Its product portfolio includes chicken, beef, turkey, lamb, fish, pork as well as vegetable-based products and many more. From confinement farms and grangers to incubation units and feed plants, from leather to food plants and also distribution centers and offices, the inventory integrates information from 315 Marfrig locations in 22 countries in 5 continents.
Since 95% of the emissions are within Scope 3, efforts are focused on building a joint GHG reduction effort with suppliers, which include animal and grain farmers, packaging and energy suppliers as well as logistics operators, according to Avila.
Scope 1 implying direct emissions from own sources, Scope 2 implying indirect emission from purchased power, GHG inventories from 2010 and a program has been defined to bring down the intensity of Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 30% by the year 2020. 50% of this objective has been attained by enhancing the company’s effluent treatment systems and replacement of fossil fuels with renewable sources.
The inventory of Marfrig Group was prepared based on the requirements of ISO 14064-1:2007, and audited by SGS - Societe Generale de Surveillance, which is a global leader in process inspection, verification, testing and certification services.