Danone’s milk formula brand Karicare has committed to reduce and offset 100 per cent of its carbon emissions at each stage of the product lifecycle by 2030.
The new Karicare Gold Plus+ Organic will be among the first products to be certified carbon neutral by 2022, with other products in the Karicare range progressively certified up to 2030, Danone said.
The company has installed a NZ$30 million biomass boiler to provide renewable heat at its South Island New Zealand spray drying facility, which will be operational in 2021 and will aims to reduce 20,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
Danone will also move to 100 per cent renewable electricity for all of its New Zealand plants next year.
“At Danone, our core belief is that the health of the planet and health of people are interconnected. That’s why we’re committed to taking real steps that help us bring our products to market in a way that minimises any impact on climate change, including transitioning production of our milk formula products to practices that are more sustainable,” said Rodrigo Lima, Nutricia Oceania managing director.
Packaging for Karicare products will also take a “circular approach”, as Danone looks to eliminate “unneeded packaging, designing for recycling, reusing or compositing and ensuring that the material produced stays in the economy and doesn’t become waste or pollution”.