São Paulo, november 04, 2021 - Marfrig, the world leader in hamburger production and one of the world’s largest beef producers, has announced that it is joining an initiative led by 10 global commodities corporations to draft a joint action plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP27, to be held in Egypt in 2022. The group includes beef-producing companies, and soy, cocoa and palm oil processors. Their objective is to help keep the planet’s warming below 1.5ºC by 2030.
Announced during COP26, held in Glasgow (Scotland/UK), the program aims to increase support and incentives for small cattle ranchers and farmers, improve the traceability of its indirect suppliers, and enhance its emissions traceability within Scope 3.
Marfrig has sent a team of executives to Glasgow to follow events and discussions arising in the context of COP26: the team includes Marcos Molina, founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors; Roberto Waack, Chairman of the Sustainability Committee and member of the Board of Directors; Paulo Pianez, Director for Sustainability and Corporate Communications; Marcelo Furtado, former executive director of Greenpeace Brazil and member of the Sustainability Committee; and Marcella Santos, member of the sustainability committee.
INVESTMENTS AND TARGETS
In 2009, Marfrig committed publicly to combating deforestation, and since then its sustainability program has evolved constantly.
In mid-2020, it launched its Marfrig Verde+ program, which seeks to make the company’s production chain more sustainable and deforestation-free by 2030, covering all the biomes in which the company operates — above all the Amazon and Cerrado biomes. Developed in partnership with IDH - the sustainable trade initiative, the program is based on the principle of production-preservation-inclusion, and focuses on three pillars: the development of financial mechanisms, technical assistance, and monitoring and traceability technologies. Investment in the program is of the order of 500 million Brazilian Reals by 2030.
'Sustainability is one of Marfrig’s basic strategic pillars. Our strategy is entirely linked to issues discussed at COP26, such as combating deforestation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. That is why we are here: to show that this is possible and is already being carried out,' says Paulo Pianez, Marfrig’s Director of Sustainability and Corporate Communications.
In 2020, the company submitted its greenhouse gas reduction targets to Science Based Target, an international initiative bringing together CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project), the United Nations Global Compact, WRI (World Resources Institute) and WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature).
Within scopes 1 and 2, the target is to bring absolute emissions (tCO2e) down by 68%, taking 2019 as the baseline. In scope 3, which includes methane emissions, the company has committed to slashing emissions intensity (tCO2e/head) by 35% before 2035. Marfrig has also committed to boosting its annual renewable electricity sources from a proportion of 27% in 2019 to 100% by 2030.
LOW-CARBON LIVESTOCK-FARMING IN BRAZIL
One of the initiatives presented by Marfrig at COP26 is its low-carbon livestock-farming initiative. Launched last year in partnership with EMBRAPA (the Brazilian Agricultural Research Company), the Viva beef line is produced with GHG neutralization. All products in the line come from certified ranches, raising cattle either in the silvopasture system (crop-livestock), or the integrated crop-livestock-forestry (ICLF) system.
An extension of the portfolio of low-carbon beef (LCB) products, already under development, will be launched in 2022. To date, the program has engaged investments of some 10 million Brazilian reals in research, farm certification, brand-building, the development of standards for the cuts of beef, publicity, and payments of royalties.