United Dairymen of Arizona (UDA) has joined the fight against climate change with their recently approved science-based targets. Science-based targets provide companies with a clearly defined roadmap to reduce emissions in line with the Paris Agreement goals. More than 3,000 businesses worldwide are already partnering with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
The SBTi is a global leader in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Their focus is on promoting best practices, offering technical assistance, and providing a team of experts to assess and validate meaningful and effective targets.
A company’s ability to achieve its sustainability goals is only as strong as the data that sets the baseline and the detailed plan that provides the pathway to achieving those goals.
To ensure UDA collected the most meaningful data, team members from across the business collaborated to establish an accurate baseline. Once UDA established the baseline, the team worked on gathering a complete carbon inventory and creating sustainability targets.
By 2030, UDA aims to:
- Carbon (Approved science-based target)
- Reduce scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 50%
- General scope 3 reduction
- Reduce water withdrawal per million pounds of milk processed by 15%
- Increase the use of renewable energy mix at the plant and fleet
- Maintain 99% diversion of waste from landfills for the next 10 years
With the approved target, UDA now focuses on key improvement areas and is creating a roadmap to ensure the team stays on track to hit its 2030 goals.