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Kellogg’s carbon footprint

Challenge

Understand where the carbon ‘hotspots’ are in Kellogg’s operations.

Problem

As a large food business with extensive energy-intensive processing operations (such as toasting), Kellogg’s wanted to understand their total carbon footprint. They assumed production or distribution would dominate given the low density of their products.

Solution

Working with the University of Manchester, Kellogg’s completed a thorough analysis of their operations across the lifecycle. The work revealed that over half of the company’s carbon footprint occurs in the raw material supply chain. Distribution was only 4%. This unexpected result led to a focus on sustainable agriculture by the group and use of the CCaLC tool (developed by the University of Manchester) to engage with suppliers to understand how reductions in emissions could produce shared benefits along the supply chain.

Benefits

Able to effectively target ‘hotspots’ thanks to evidence revealing where they are
Sharing best practice across suppliers

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