Carbon neutrality is a big commitment. This is how we assure carbon neutrality of Essential Start Carbon Neutral.
Carbon Neutrality is achieved in our ingredients in partnership with ClimatePartner through 4 basic steps: Calculation of the Ingredient carbon footprint, a commitment by FrieslandCampina to reduce a portion of the carbon footprint between now and 2025, offsetting of the remainder of the emissions through ClimatePartner’s support of credibly certified sustainability initiatives across the globe, and transparent communication to consumers via ClimatePartner’s label and tracking systems.
The carbon footprint is calculated in accordance with commonly used standards including (but not limited to) the GHG Protocol and ISO 14064, and the product-specific standards ISO 14067 and PAS 2050. For the portion of the carbon footprint we have committed to reduce, FrieslandCampina works closely with its member farmers to implement various emissions reductions initiatives on the farm level, more detail of which may be found here. We report on those reductions on a yearly basis. For the carbon compensation, ClimatePartner accepts carbon credits from sustainability projects that follow two criteria: they are certified under an internationally accepted standard (eg VCS, Gold Standard), and undergo a thorough due diligence process. Finally, ClimatePartner provides an on-package label that provides transparency about the process, the carbon footprint, how the emissions were offset, and the company’s reduction strategies, goals, and results. For more detailed information about ClimatePartner and their process, please see the following link.