Rapidly moving to renewable energy and engaging suppliers to address the risks posed by climate change
The challenges created by climate change touch everyone, but especially the farmers who grow crops for our foods and people who face food insecurity. Climate change threatens to reduce food productivity at the same time our world’s population is growing. That’s why Kellogg is working on multiple fronts to address the risks climate change poses.
In 2020, we achieved a 25 % normalized greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction in our manufacturing sites against our 2015 baseline. That is above our 15% target for 2020—effectively exceeding our target.
We’ve long prioritized protecting our natural resources. In 2015, Kellogg was one of the first companies to set an approved science-based target to help limit the earth’s temperature increase to well below 2 degrees Celsius. More recently, we’ve joined the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure and become a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact’s “Uniting Business and Governments to Recover Better” initiative calling on companies to align their COVID-19 economic aid and recovery efforts with the latest climate science. These efforts are an important part of our Kellogg’s® Better Days commitment to create Better Days for 3 billion people by the end of 2030.
One of the ways we are addressing climate change is by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy use in our operations and all along our supply chain. By harnessing power from renewable resources like the wind, sun and geothermal heat, we are reducing our reliance on limited energy sources like coal, oil and gas. Already, 28% of the electricity used in our food production facilities comes from renewable resources. We’re especially proud of this progress since we didn’t use any renewable power when we set our target in 2015.
We know renewable energy is the future, which is why we’ve committed to using 100% renewable electricity by 2050. Working in partnership with the nearly 200 companies who have joined RE100, we’re increasing global demand for ‒ and in turn supply of ‒ renewable energy. For example, since 2015:
- Across our Western European & Australian operations, 100% of the electricity we use is renewable.
- Our facility in Taloja, India was our first manufacturing site to install solar panels, which delivers 8% of the operation’s electric power needs.
- Our facilities in Enstek, Malaysia, Mexicali, Mexico, completed on-site solar panel installations in 2019 and 2020; these panels currently deliver 6% and 5% of their electric power needs, respectively. We are also proceeding with plans for solar installations in our facilities in Rayong, Thailand; Springs, South Africa; and Valls, Spain.
- In North America, we’re purchasing renewable electricity in multiple facilities (Grand Rapids and Wyoming, Michigan; San Jose, California; and Blue Anchor, New Jersey), as well as in our offices in Elmhurst and Minooka, Illinois, and Lewisville, Texas. Our Kashi office in Solana Beach, California also has on-site solar panels to support their energy use. In 2021, the company signed a long-term wind energy virtual power purchase agreement in North America with Enel Green Power for approximately 360 gigawatt hours (GWh) of wind electricity annually, which is equal to 50% of the volume of electricity used across Kellogg's North American manufacturing facilities.
We’re also reducing the energy we use by investing in infrastructure, training and system enhancements. For example:
- In Botany, Australia, we introduced smart technology – including artificial intelligence – to best manage natural resources.
- In the U.S., our Cincinnati, Ohio facility saw the installation of our first-ever R-514A ultra-low-global warming potential (ULGWP) chiller. We’ve since installed three more units in our global headquarters in Battle Creek, Michigan, and have established a global policy that all new refrigeration equipment we purchase must use ULGWP or natural refrigerants.
- Pringles® facilities in Kutno, Poland, and Jackson, Tennessee, reduced their energy use by replacing more than 9,000 lights with newer LED technology and are operating more efficiently due to increased production.
We have met our 2020 Global Sustainability Commitment to reduce energy use and manufacturing GHG emissions per ton of production by 15%1 and expand the use of low-carbon energy in our plants by 50%2. By the end of 2020, we reduced our overall energy use and GHG emissions per tonne of food produced against our 2015 baseline by 15% and 25%, respectively, and achieved our low-carbon energy goal.
In 2019, we introduced our more ambitious Kellogg’s® Better Days commitments to achieve a 45% absolute reduction in Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions and a 15% reduction in Scope 3 GHG emissions by the end of 20302. These goals put us firmly on our 2050 glide path to reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions in our operations (manufacturing, offices, warehouses and fleet) by 65% and Scope 3 emissions by 50%. As of the end of 2020, we have already achieved a 30% absolute reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions against our 2015 baseline. The avoided emissions since 2015 are the equivalent of 3.2 billion miles driven by an average passenger vehicle 1. For our Scope 3 efforts, 74% of our addressable spend through 2020 went to suppliers who report climate impacts to the global CDP Supply Chain environmental disclosure system. We also have engaged with The Carbon Trust to calculate our Scope 3 footprint.
Through these efforts, we’re well on our way to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by using 100% renewable energy. Whenever you enjoy one of our delicious foods, remember that it could well have been renewable energy from the wind or sun that toasted the corn for your Kellogg’s Corn Flakes®, puffed the rice for your Kellogg’s® Rice Bubbles®, or baked the wheat for your Kellogg’s® Frosted Mini-Wheats®.
Find more details in our latest Responsibility Report and on the Positions, Policies, Milestones and Reporting page.
 EPA Equivalencies Calculator. Kellogg Company data from 2008 – 2020. https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator