Diageo has committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions across its direct operations by 2030, under its new 10-year sustainability action plan.
The maker of Johnnie Walker and Guinness has announced a range of 25 goals under its new “Society 2030: Spirit of Progress” plan, which is aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The announcement comes after Diageo achieved the majority of its 2020 Sustainability and Responsibility goals and builds on the success of halving its greenhouse gas emissions.
Over the next ten years, Diageo will focus on three core areas: promoting positive drinking; championing inclusion and diversity; and pioneering grain-to-glass sustainability.
By 2030, the company aims to reach 1 billion people with messages of moderation through its brands, use 30% less water in every drink it makes, and increase the representation of leaders from ethnically diverse backgrounds to 45%.
In working towards a low-carbon future, Diageo has also targeted 100% renewable energy across its direct operations and intends to work with its suppliers to reduce indirect carbon emissions by 50%.
Other commitments include delivering over 150 community water projects across the world, using 100% recycled content in its plastic packaging and ensuring 100% of its packaging is widely recyclable.
The announcement also coincides with the launch of Diageo’s Sustainable Solutions, a global platform that will provide funding to start-up and technology companies in order to help Diageo continue to embed sustainability in its supply chain and brands.
As its first step in net zero target, Diageo’s Scottish distilleries of Oban and Royal Lochnagar will both become carbon neutral by the end of 2020.
Ivan Menezes, CEO of Diageo, said: “As a global business, we are committed to playing our part to protect the future of our planet and to leading the way for others to follow.
“I am immensely proud of Diageo’s sustainability and responsibility achievements to date, and this new, ambitious action plan will challenge us even further to deliver more over the critical decade to 2030