Aramark Northern Europe has announced its commitment to become a net zero carbon organisation by 2050, making it the first region in Aramark’s global operations to set a reduction path.
The carbon reduction target, based on a 2019 assessment baseline, encompasses all of Aramark Northern Europe’s Scope 1 and Scope 2 foodservice, workplace solutions, facilities management, as well as property and estate management services in the UK and Ireland, as well as a set of Scope 3 emissions categories. As part of the Aramark Northern Europe operational business, both the baseline and commitment include the Aberdeen-headquartered Aramark Global Offshore oil and gas operations.
Combined, the Northern Europe region is set to meet the targets set by current legislation for all relevant jurisdictions. Aramark Northern Europe has also expressly committed to align with the global business’ commitment to set science-based targets following the Science Based Target Initiative’s new Net-Zero Standard over the next 24 months.
To deliver this target, the regional organisation is committing to transform the carbon-intensive areas of operations, as well as working with suppliers to change contributing factors within the Scope 3 Supply Chain.
Frank Gleeson, CEO of Aramark Northern Europe, said: “I’m proud to launch the Aramark Northern Europe commitment to Net Zero by 2050. We are taking a collaborative approach to solving this global challenge, we are working to tackle climate change so that we can make a difference across all the sites and communities in which we operate. Aramark Northern Europe, including our UK, Ireland and Global offshore business, has worked diligently, to understand, interrogate, and improve upon the impact of our operations; all the while ensuring that we also improve our services for clients and customers alike.”
“The urgency of the climate crisis has renewed our focus on innovation, collaboration, and competition on a scale that we have never seen before. There is no sustainability practice or effort too small, nor too insignificant, once it is firmly rooted in the intent to do right. With that in mind, everyone in our organisation is committed to playing their part in ensuring we meet our Net Zero Roadmap and Commitments for the region.”
Aramark Northern Europe’s Net Zero commitments are built around areas where it can have the most impact, such as replacing owned and leased vehicles to EV models as soon as is practical, and incresing the provision of plant-based meals at sites.
Aramark will encourage employees to join its sustainable journey by putting in place and extending initiatives such as cycle to work schemes, encouraging carpool arrangements, providing information on public transport alternatives, installing EV charge points and paying favourable mileage reclaim rates to EV vehicles.
The Net Zero milestone combines with wider ESG efforts for Northern Europe, ranging from mandatory Sustainability e-learning for all 15,000 employees in the region, along with operational training and tools on plastic packaging, waste management, energy saving, and food waste prevention.