Grain and loaf held in hands in front of a wheat field

Source: Edme

Bakery ingredients supplier Edme is looking to achieve net zero across its operations by 2045.

The Essex-based company, which is owned by Anglia Maltings Holdings (AMH), unveiled the target as part of its inaugural Sustainability Report.

The report outlines a strategy said to be guided by UN Sustainability Development Goals as well as company values, such as ensuring the business was fit for the future and three key pillars of environmental focus, product development & innovation, and communication & collaboration.

Goals for AMH’s two other businesses – malt producer Crisp and cereal processor Micronized Food Products – are also incorporated in the report, along with ways to achieve them.

Six headline goals are listed as:

  • A net zero business – 100% certified renewable sources of electricity are currently being used at its UK sites, but work still needs to be done on reducing emissions towards achieving net zero by 2045
  • Working with farms – establishing a baseline carbon footprint for its malting barley supply and introducing regenerative agriculture practices
  • Optimising water usage – creating a plan to implement water use reduction methods including steep water re-use and sustainable abstraction management systems
  • Zero waste – develop an action plan for alternatives to polypropylene and reporting plans for all waste leaving sites
  • Leaders in product development – drive corporate innovation at its brewery and bakery innovation centre, support research and collaboration across the supply chain, and identified climate resilience risks and opportunities of raw materials
  • At the heart of our communities – set commitments for equality, diversity and inclusion, develop a health and wellbeing plan, rollout training and development plans, and create an external community engagement strategy.

AMH chief executive Stuart Sands, who was appointed to the role last year, said the business was on the right track but noted there was still a lot to do.

“In a business built on the relationship with the land, we’re highly conscious of what has been passed down to us,” commented Sands. “We, in turn, have one eye on the future, and the legacy we will leave to those who follow. One of our company values, ‘Pass it on Better’, sums it up neatly.

“The impact of climate change affects us all, and we all have a part to play in reducing our impact on the environment. It is only by setting ambitious goals; devising effective strategies; and working cooperatively with partners and communities; that anything meaningful will be achieved,” Sands continued.

“We’re committed to net zero by 2045, and are working in partnership with our suppliers and customers to help us get there. Effective collaboration is the key to passing things on better to the next generation.”