Tate & Lyle announces ambitious new environmental targets

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New targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and eliminate coal from its operations, reduce water use, beneficially use all its waste, and maintain support for sustainable agriculture.

21 May 2020 London, UK: Tate & Lyle PLC (Tate & Lyle), a leading supplier of food and beverage ingredients and solutions, announces a set of ambitious new environmental targets and commitments. These targets are aligned to the delivery of Tate & Lyle’s purpose, Improving Lives for Generations, a key pillar of which is to care for our planet and protect its natural resources for the benefit of future generations.

 

Aerial shot of corn field being harvested

Tate & Lyle’s new environmental targets are, by 2030, to deliver:

In adopting these targets, Tate & Lyle commits to:

  • Eliminate use of coal from its operations by 2025.
  • Establish its Scope 1, 2 and 3 CO2e emissions reductions as Science-Based Targets.
  • Maintain sustainable acreage equivalent to the volume of corn Tate & Lyle buys globally each year, currently 1.5 million acres, and through partnerships accelerate the adoption of conservation practices.

These new targets and commitments build on the steps already taken to enhance Tate & Lyle’s sustainability across its entire value chain. For example, in September Tate & Lyle announced a landmark sustainable agriculture programme in partnership with Truterra™ (formerly Land O'Lakes SUSTAIN™) to help growers in the US Midwest understand the impact sustainable practices can have on their crops and their profitability, and to adopt them.

To demonstrate its commitment to the new environmental targets, Tate & Lyle has linked the pricing of its US$800 million revolving credit facility, extended in May 2020, to the delivery of its new Scope 1 and 2 CO2e emissions, beneficial waste and water reduction targets.

Nick Hampton, Chief Executive at Tate & Lyle, said: “There has never been a greater need for businesses to address the climate change crisis. One of the key pillars of our purpose of Improving Lives for Generations is to care for our planet and with our new environmental targets and commitments we are taking decisive action to protect our planet’s natural resources for the benefit of future generations.”

Anna Pierce, Director of Sustainability at Tate & Lyle, added: “These stretching new targets demonstrate our steadfast commitment to integrate sustainability into our day-to-day business activities, processes and culture.”

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Notes to editors

  1. Progress against these targets will be measured and published in Tate & Lyle’s Annual Report each year.
  2. Emissions categories:
    • Scope 1: Direct emissions from owned or controlled sources
    • Scope 2: Indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy
    • Scope 3: Other indirect emissions such as the growing and production of purchased materials, including corn, and transportation of purchased fuels and other goods.
  3. Carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) is a term for describing different greenhouse gases in a common unit to signify the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) that would have the equivalent global warming impact.
  4. Targets adopted by companies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are considered “science-based” if they are in line with what the latest climate science says is necessary to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement – to limit global warming to well-below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C. Find out more.
  5. The new water target is an intensity target.
  6. Tate & Lyle and Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN launch landmark sustainability initiative on 1.5 million acres of U.S. corn – announced 12 September 2019

About Tate & Lyle: 
Tate & Lyle is a global provider of solutions and ingredients for food, beverage and industrial markets.

Tate & Lyle operates through two global divisions, Food & Beverage Solutions and Primary Products, supported by the Innovation and Commercial Development and Global Operations teams. Food & Beverage Solutions is focused on growth by building leading positions globally in the categories of beverages, dairy, and soups, sauces and dressings. Primary Products is focused on delivering steady earnings and generating cash.

Food & Beverage Solutions consists of: Texturants, including speciality starches; Sweeteners, including low- and no-calorie sweeteners; and a Health and Wellness portfolio comprising mainly speciality fibres; and Stabilisers and Functional Systems, which are bespoke ingredient blends that ensure foods retain their structure.

Primary Products consists of high-volume sweeteners, industrial starches and fermentation products (primarily acidulants).  It also sells co-products from the corn milling process as animal nutrition.

Tate & Lyle is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol TATE.L. American Depositary Receipts trade under TATYY. In the year to 31 March 2020, Tate & Lyle sales totalled £2.9 billion. For more information, please visit http://www.tateandlyle.com or follow Tate & Lyle on Twitter or Linkedin.