Earth’s temperature is rising as a result of climate change. Carbon dioxide emissions, the driver for this temperature increase, are almost entirely driven by human activity, per the United Nations.
At 80 Acres Farms, we’re on a mission to change how the world eats. We envision a healthier future for our customers, our employees, and our planet. That’s why we set targets for reducing our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As a company, we are committed to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), a framework that aligns us with the latest climate science and solidifies our responsibility to provide one of the many necessary sustainable agriculture solutions to fight climate change.
We have developed a sustainability strategy focused on four core principles: PLANTS (how we grow), PRODUCT (product and packaging), PEOPLE (community and engagement), and PLANS (farm infrastructure). Each principle helps frame and drive our business—this helps us ensure that as we grow as a company, we continue to drive our impact—for good.
Adapt packaging solutions that maintain premium freshness and quality while reducing carbon footprint
Grow with our supply chain partners to reduce scope 3 GHG emissions
Be leaders in our communities and industry
Educate our communities about their food and where it comes from
Grow with clean and renewable energy
Integrate new technology and automation to develop the most efficient farms
80 Acres Farms has set emissions reduction targets through the SBTi via the small and medium enterprise pathway. The targets covering greenhouse gas emissions from 80 Acres Farms operations (scopes 1 and 2) are consistent with reductions required to keep warming to 1.5°C, the most ambitious goal of the Paris Agreement.
To understand our emissions, 80 Acres Farms has calculated our GHG Inventories in alignment with the GHG Protocol methodology.
We believe in the power of data, and measuring is the first step towards improvement. Our numbers show the importance of our farms operating with clean and renewable electricity. 2022 was a busy year for 80 Acres Farms—you can see our emissions increased as a result. We’ve continued to drive improvements at existing farm sites, and we’ve completed construction and commissioned our largest and most advanced farm to date in Kentucky. With increased production came increased raw materials, like fertilizer and packaging, which contributed to increased emissions compared to the base year of 2021.
While we grow as a business, we continue to prioritize growing with clean and renewable electricity, increasing our operating efficiency, and implementing solutions to reduce our scope 3 emissions. We are investing in software to help us better understand our scope 3 emissions and drive meaningful change.
We believe in egoless collaboration with partners aligned in the shared mission to fight climate change and scale sustainable food production.
Through our partnership with Siemens, we are leveraging the power of digital twin simulation to accelerate scaling up an optimized farm design with increased operational efficiency, the best use of energy, water, labor, and transportation, and reduced waste.
We are collaborating with our partners at Signify to create efficient and best-in-class LED solutions with higher standardization, automation, and digitization that increase efficiency.
Per GHG Protocol, “The universal unit of measurement to indicate the global warming potential (GWP) of each of the six greenhouse gases, expressed in terms of the GWP of one unit of carbon dioxide. It is used to evaluate releasing (or avoiding releasing) different greenhouse gases against a common basis.”
Includes water vapor (H2O), carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), ozone (O3), Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs and HCFCs), Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), and Perfluorocarbons.
Partnership of multiple organizations focused on corporate emission reduction primarily through partnering with the 1.5°C Campaign