Climate Action

Kellogg has long been committed to nurturing the planet and taking action to lessen the impact of climate change.

Our Commitment

As part of our Kellogg’s Better Days Promise goal to create better days for 3 billion people by the end of 2030, we aim to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emission across our value chain, including:  

  • Reducing absolute Scope 1 & 2 GHG emissions by 45% by the end of 2030. This includes direct emissions from our Kellogg-owned sources (Scope 1) and indirect emissions from the generation of purchased electricity, steam, heating or cooling (Scope 2).
  • Partnering across our value chain to reduce absolute Scope 3 GHG emissions by 15% by the end of 2030. This includes indirect emissions not included in Scope 2 that occur in the value chain, including both upstream and downstream emissions.

Our Approach

Kellogg was one of the first companies to set science-based targets in 2015. Since then, we’ve also joined the global corporate renewable energy initiative RE100 and joined important climate coalitions like We’re Still In to encourage high-level action on climate.  

As a business, we are committed to responsible corporate citizenship and a thoughtful science-based approach to climate solutions. Kellogg regularly shares lessons learned and identifies new ideas at consortiums, trainings and other events.

We believe transparency and advocacy will help drive this change to protect our planet. That's why we joined the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures. We are leveraging our global scale and voice to drive climate action and nature-based solutions for climate change issues across our supply chain.

When looking for a risk-based solution to help reduce GHG emissions, we consider the holistic landscape throughout the value chain and the latest climate science. We urge others to join us on the journey. Our approach addresses:

  • Manufacturing – Drive absolute reductions through behavior change, operations, renewable energy, procurement and CapEx investments.
  • Supply Chain – Engage our larger suppliers to measure and report Scope 3 GHG emissions and work with our highest-emitting suppliers to drive climate action.
  • Ingredients – Build climate risk and resiliency into our ingredient materiality process and prioritize GHG reductions for our most important ingredient supply chains.
  • Transparency and Advocacy – Drive systemic change through engagement and advocacy with industry and governments, annual disclosure in financial and non-financial reporting, and sharing lessons learned.

More information is available in the Climate Policy Context and Methodology.

 

Our Journey
2008 We set our initial manufacturing greenhouse gas reduction targets in 2008 with a 2005 baseline, reaching a 72% reduction by 2015 .
2014 We set our next generation of commitments to reduce 15% normalized manufacturing GHG by 2020, responsibly source our priority ingredients, and measure GHG emissions.
2015 Kellogg was one of the first companies to set science-based targets across our Scope 1, 2, & 3 emissions and become a RE100 signatory. We began with CDP Supply Chain to establish a baseline for our Scope 3 emissions from our larger volume suppliers and have been engaging over 75% of our supplier spend in measuring and disclosing our GHG emissions. In support of COP17, we advocated in support for global climate action.
2018 Kellogg worked with Quantis to assess the carbon footprint of our North American ready-to-eat cereal category, our largest category in our largest market. We also set our first sustainable packaging commitments to drive toward a closed loop economy.
2019 We launched our third-generation commitments through our Kellogg’s ™ Better Days platform. We joined the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure and become a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact's Uniting Business and Governments to Recover Better initiative, calling on companies to align their COVID-19 economic aid and recovery efforts with the latest climate science. Additionally, our Kellogg’s Origins™ projects start to show GHG reductions in ingredient supply chains.
2020 Kellogg successfully decoupled growth from GHG emissions, reducing absolute Scope 1 & 2 GHG by 30% since 2015. Kellogg met its 2020 normalized (per unit of production) energy reduction target and exceeded its 2020 normalized (per unit of production) emission reduction target against its 2015 baseline. Kellogg partnered with Mars Petcare, Manildra Group, Allied Pinnacle, Sustainable Food Lab and leading researchers at Charles Sturt University and Food Agility CRC to launch the Cool Soil Initiative. This $2.5 million partnership is helping 200 Australian wheat farmers adopt soil-health practices over three years, which will improve resiliency to climate change and reduce net greenhouse gas emissions. Partners have embraced the program, with 100% retention of participating farmers and more than 500,000 acres of farmland enrolled.
2021 Kellogg announced a virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) with Enel Green Power. With this VPPA, Kellogg will purchase the electricity equivalent of 100 megawatts from Enel Green Power’s Azure Sky wind farm, enabling us to power 50% of our North American manufacturing facility electricity needs. Kellogg also worked with the Carbon Trust to revise its Scope 3 inventory to refine and build confidence on its 2015 baseline and footprints for subsequent years.

 

 

Our Progress
Goal Year Commitment 2021 Progress
2015
  • Baseline
  • Science-based targets established
 
2020
  • 15% normalized energy use reduction
  • 15% normalized GHG reduction
15% (manufacturing)
25% (manufacturing)
2030
  • 45% absolute reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions
  • 15% absolute reduction of Scope 3 emissions
  • 29.2% absolute reduction of Scope 1 and 2 emissions
  • Scope 3 results to in progress and will be released by mid-August
2050
  • 66% absolute reduction of Scope 1 and 2 emissions
  • 50% absolute reduction of Scope 3 emissions
  • 29.2% absolute reduction of Scope 1 and 2 emissions
  • Scope 3 results to in progress and will be released by mid-August