Musgrave has announced that it was one of 40 companies that have signed the Low Carbon Pledge made by the Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) network.
As a result, the Irish wholesaler, who operates SuperValu and Centra, will aim to reduce its carbon emissions between now and 2030.
“The decisions we make now in tackling climate change will define the next century. I’d like to commend the 43 companies taking part in this pledge, for their leadership and foresight. We need to dramatically step up our response to climate change,” Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Richard Bruton, said.
“By leading the way, we can take advantage of the opportunities offered in a low carbon climate resilient economy. If we fall further behind, these opportunities may become more elusive or worse be completely lost.
“All companies making the pledge today are leading the way and I congratulate Business in the Community Ireland for their work in this crucial area.”
Low Carbon Pledge
BITCI CEO, Tomás Sercovich, said that this is the first time that Irish businesses have made a dedicated pledge to reduce carbon emissions.
As part of the Pledge, companies have committed to reducing both Scope One (greenhouse gases such as fuels used in vehicles, boilers, and furnaces) and Two (indirect greenhouse gases from the purchase of electricity) carbon emission intensity.
He referenced a recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which states that we have just 12 years to make a fundamental transformation to a low carbon economy, adding that businesses have a vital role to play.
“We work in partnership with business and industry to help them address climate change and play lead roles in their communities. The transition to a low carbon economy will also bring opportunities for business and will play a key role in ensuring Ireland’s future competitiveness,” Sercovich said.
“We also believe that chief executives and business leaders must be proactive in today’s world in leading from the front in tackling the major issues facing our communities, our country, and our planet. Inspired leadership is what employees and consumers throughout Ireland are increasingly demanding.”
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