At Danone, we believe healthy eating begins with a healthy environment.
- In 2008, Groupe Danone set a 5-year goal to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% in areas under its direct control.
- End of 2012, the objective was surpassed: 35.2%
- By 2020, Groupe Danone’s ambition is to reduce its environmental footprint by more than 50 %* and to stabilize its GHG emissions while maintaining sales growth.
Danone has identified four areas where it will invest its efforts until 2020.
|Fight against climate change by reducing its environmental footprint and contributing to carbon capture and sequestration.||Protect water resources, particularly when they are rare, and using them in harmony with ecosystems and local communities.|
|Promote and encourage agriculture that contributes to a healthy and balanced diet while remaining competitive, creating economic and social value, and respecting natural ecosystems.||Reduce packaging, promote recycled materials and focus on innovative bio-based materials.|
To know more about Groupe Danone’s efforts
See the report
Find out more about Danone’s initiatives in Canada!
Danone Canada measures and reduces its impact on the environment thanks to innovative practices and the collaboration of its stakeholders.
Promoting More Sustainable Agriculture
Our procurement of raw materials, including milk and fruit, accounts for the bulk of our CO2 emissions.
In 2008, Groupe Danone launched the COW2 initiative in Europe and North America (France, Belgium, United States, etc.). It involved adding extruded flaxseed to the feed of cattle and measuring its impact on dairy cows' CO2 emissions.
As part of this project, Danone Canada supported the VACCO2 scientific study led by Université Laval in 2013 and 2014 in collaboration with Valacta, FCI (Filière Conseil Ingénierie) and the Fédération des producteurs de lait du Québec.
Benefits of flaxseed:
- Reduces CO2 emissions
- Improves milk quality
- Improves the well-being and productivity of the cows
Results of the study published in September 2014
See the coverage on the program La Semaine Verte aired on Radio-Canada,
February 21st 2015.
Video only available in French.*Website only available in French
Limiting the Impact of our Operations on the Environment
At Danone Canada, we believe that sound waste management begins by reducing waste at the source.
A dedicated team of 15 people are involved in more than two dozen projects aimed at reducing waste, especially milk losses, at our Boucherville plant.
Since 2011, we have managed to reduce the amount of non-organic waste such as cardboard and plastic:
of non-organic waste
four times more waste recovered
We are also continuing our efforts to reduce our environmental footprint. For example, we have worked to optimize how our industrial equipment is washed. By recycling a portion of our cleaning solutions, we have reduced the energy, water and chemical products we consume.
Reducing Packaging at the Source
Since 2011, Danone Canada has been an innovator in creating more environmentally friendly packaging.
Introduction of expanded polystyrene (air bubbles) in 100-gram plastic containers
Change in plastic moulding process (thermoformed instead of pre-formed) to reduce packaging weight
Optimization of manufacturing process for 650-gram and 750-gram containers
Removing our sleeve from the packaging of 100-gram Greek yogurt products
Danone Canada packaging action plan: continuing efforts to optimize and reduce packaging
Optimizing Logistical Flows
Intermodal transport2010 - 2014
Rail shipments increased to transport products to Western Canada
of products were shipped to Western Canada by rail in 2013
This represents 1182 fewer vehicles on the road over a one-year period*
A train emits six times less CO2 than regular trucks**
Natural Gas TrucksSince 2011
Partnership with Groupe Robert
Fleet of liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks
LNG trucks were used for 38% product shipments between Quebec and Ontario
LNG trucks emit 25% less CO2 than regular trucks***
**Source: Canadian National Railway
***Source: Groupe Robert