Horizon Organic to Become “Carbon Positive” by 2025

March 10, 2020

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Horizon Organic to Become “Carbon Positive” by 2025

USDA-certified organic dairy brand Horizon Organic is working to make its full supply chain carbon positive by 2025, the brand’s owner, Danone, said in a recent release. The company will take steps to reach carbon neutrality during the period, but also commit to reducing, removing, and offsetting other emissions. 

“Climate change is the challenge of our lifetime – we are out of time on this issue – food and farming must evolve,” Danone North America Chief Executive Officer Mariano Lozano said in a statement. “This includes helping our farmer partners implement breakthrough regenerative soil practices, cow feed, and diet management programs, and energy efficiency. These steps and more will play a significant role in helping Horizon Organic become carbon positive.”

Horizon Organic is slated to roll out its first certified carbon positive product, Growing Years whole milk half gallons, in 2021. After that product is released, the company will partner with family farms to obtain certifications for other products. The Carbon Trust is overseeing the certification process.

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“The Carbon Trust is proud to partner with Horizon Organic to certify products as carbon neutral as they deliver on their plans,” Hugh Jones, managing director of business services, in the release. “We applaud their ambition to achieve carbon neutrality and go beyond toward carbon positive, removing more carbon than they emit.”

Danone said that Horizon Organic is the largest USDA-certified dairy brand. 

The global food firm announced plans in July 2019 to invest NZ$40 million (about $27 million) to install a new biomass boiler at its Nutricia spray drying plant in Balclutha, NZ that will help the site to achieve 100% carbon neutrality.

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