Our environmental sustainability programme
Doing the right thing
A word from our Chief Executive
We’re proud of our business and proud of the positive contribution we’ve been making to society for over 140 years. Behaving responsibly at AG Barr is about:
Roger White, Chief Executive
Our new mantra
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Our actions can contribute towards global improvements. There are 17 SDGs in total, established by the United Nations, acting as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives of people around the world. Our No Time To Waste programme aligns with goals 12 and 13.
Externally accredited since 2003
We have been accredited to the Environmental Standard ISO 14001 since 2003, the international standard for effective environmental management.
Our carbon footprint
Carbon net zero by 2040
Working with independent experts we’re accurately assessing our current carbon footprint across our full product life cycle and value chain - from our suppliers and the goods we purchase, the resources, fuel and energy we use in our day to day activities, right through to the point we deliver to customers.
This important data will allow us to accurately measure and verify our full carbon footprint for the first time. We will then set science-based carbon reduction targets and build a deliverable and realistic decarbonisation roadmap. Our ambition is to be carbon net zero by 2040, if not sooner, and we will share our net zero roadmap during the course of 2021.
What are science-based targets?
Cutting greenhouse gases
We've achieved a 41% reduction in our greenhouse gas emissions since 2015
In 2020 we introduced fossil-free electricity across all our sites - a big step towards our carbon net zero goal. The ten-year contract supplies us with 22GWh per year from wind farms in the UK - the equivalent electricity used by 6,000 UK homes annually.
Our 2020 energy efficiency projects delivered:
2% expected annual reduction in our Cumbernauld site’s energy consumption thanks to a new energy monitoring system
26,000kWh annual energy saving in our Cumbernauld warehouse after installation of new more efficient LED lighting
39,650 litres of gas oil saved, equating to 425,000kWh per annum, following the removal of a boiler at our Milton Keynes site
245,000 litres year on year diesel fuel reduction across our own vehicles, equating to 2,600,000 kWh of energy savings
100% of our soft drinks packaging is recyclable
We'll be in 100% recycled plastic bottles very soon
Better for you - better for the planet
Creating a truly circular system for drinks containers
Goodbye plastic straws
Leading the way
Lightening the load
NEW plant-based packaging
Our waste and water
100% of our non hazardous waste is diverted from landfill
Our sustainable sourcing