Food company and foodservice distributor US Foods announced today a series of new climate-focused commitments, including near term goals to reduce operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and to address its value chain impact by engaging key suppliers to set their own emissions reduction goals.
The company’s new commitments include reducing absolute Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 32.5 percent by 2032, compared to 2019, and to have 35% of its suppliers by emissions – covering 71 percent of purchased goods and services – to have science-based emissions reduction targets set by 2027.
US Foods plans to pursue validation from the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) for its new climate targets.
The company outlined its emissions reduction plans, including optimizing routing, deploying new vehicle technology, and investing in alternative fuels. It also plans to add 30 electric vehicle (EV) trucks by 2023, continue to expand its EV fleet to reduce Scope 1 emissions, optimize the efficiency of its building operations with renewable energy investments, and accelerate the adoption of energy-efficient technologies.
Kristin Coleman, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Leader of CSR at US Foods, said:
“These ongoing investments are a testament to our dedication to reducing our organization’s environmental footprint. The expansion of our facility and fleet efficiency initiatives are a critical part of US Foods’ long-range sustainability plans to drive end-to-end change.”