The poultry processor’s net zero commitment will also see it work with the Carbon Trust to devise a plan to reduce Scope 3 emissions within its own supply chain.

To accomplish its net zero goal by 2040, Moy Park will invest in emission-reduction projects across its facilities; invest in R&D projects to assist producer efforts to strengthen and scale regenerative farming practices; switch to 100% renewable electricity across its facilities by 2025, and reduce water use intensity by 15% by 2030 (against a 2019 baseline). Its plan has been validated by the Science Based Targets initiative.

Moy Park described its net zero plan as a “significant step forward” and “the most progressive commitment of its kind in the sector”.

Kirsty Wilkins, HR & performance director for Moy Park, said: “Our journey to net zero began over a decade to go and we continue with earnest to build on our planned innovations and strategies in our key areas of emissions, energy, water, biodiversity and waste, to grow food sustainably and minimise our environmental impact.

“Having our net zero targets certified by the Science Based Targets initiative means we can successfully convert ambition into action and help protect our communities and the environment for generations to come. We are collaborating closely with stakeholders right across the food supply chain to enact improved practices and reduce emissions, collectively driving change to make a meaningful difference.”