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Kellogg wants suppliers to report carbon emissions


TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Kellogg said Wednesday it will step up efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions in its supply chain as part of a broader initiative designed to be more environmentally friendly.

Under the plan, the Battle Creek-based food products manufacturer will require key suppliers such as farms and mills to measure and publicly disclose their greenhouse gas outputs and targets for reducing them. The company said it will report annually on those emissions and include climate and deforestation policies in the company's code of conduct for suppliers.

Kellogg Co. will strengthen cutback requirements for its own plants, building on a 2008 pledge to reduce emissions 15 percent to 20 percent, said Diane Holdorf, chief sustainability officer. It also pledged to join Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy, a coalition that supports legislation that favors cleaner energy and a low-carbon economy.

"Not only is it what our customers and stakeholders expect of us ... but we want to hold ourselves accountable," Holdorf said.

The announcement drew praise from Oxfam International, a group pushing the food and beverage industry to reduce carbon emissions.

"Climate change is putting hundreds of millions of people at risk of hunger and threatening everything from coffee and cereal to wine and chocolate," spokeswoman Monique van Zijl said. "Kellogg is joining a growing list of companies that are putting the weight of their brands behind climate action."

In addition to the measures on climate, the cereal maker also known for products such as Pringles potato chips and Keebler cookies announced a series of green performance goals to reach by 2020 that include a 50 percent increase in use of low-carbon energy and establishing water-reuse projects in 25 percent of its plants.

Kellogg will boost to 30 percent the number of plants sending no waste to landfills and use more efficient packaging, with all timber-based packaging materials being recycled or coming from sources certified as sustainable, Holdorf said.

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bootsnchaps60 August 13 2014 at 10:06 AM

The carbon footprint fad is just a "feel good" gesture as long as the rest of the industrialized world, especially China, does nothing to control emissions.

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cmcclarty bootsnchaps60 August 13 2014 at 3:02 PM

And India also.

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niceguy71653 August 13 2014 at 9:26 AM

Nice thought but it would be even better if Kellogg would reduce/elimnate the sugar and fat in their cereals and stop pushign them as healthy snacks. Hypocrites.

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kate August 13 2014 at 10:09 AM

The company that manufactures garbage is worried about emissions.

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Burley Hathcoat August 13 2014 at 10:19 AM

what about gmo's.....pesticides and herbicides in our foods are killing us!

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allstarcaps August 13 2014 at 11:29 AM


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blackcoffeeparty allstarcaps August 13 2014 at 11:50 AM


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Barry Gomes August 13 2014 at 10:07 AM

Here's something that this company can do that will really make an impact reduce sugar content of most of cereals this company sells.There is up to 40gr. of sugar in a small bowl that needs to change as we look around and see obese kids that will have a future of diabetes.

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charpist5 Barry Gomes August 13 2014 at 3:54 PM

Don't buy their over-priced, unhealthy cereal.

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Jimmy "G" Barry Gomes August 13 2014 at 6:47 PM

How about those obese kids' parents getting the kids off the tv and video games and getting some physical exercise. That will work easier than relying on Kelloggs changing their product.

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Randy August 13 2014 at 12:38 PM

Oh good... even Kelloggs has been conned into buying the myth and fraud of man made global climate change... Guess they are only going to buy corn from 1/2 acre plots where the ground was tilled with a hoe and the crop transported to them via horse drawn wagons. Wonder if they will use electricity to process and package their products or rely on water driven mills to grind the corn and have the production line run? How will they then get their products to the local supermarkets? Mule train?

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wassup Randy August 13 2014 at 9:25 PM


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John Roberson August 13 2014 at 9:06 AM

and how much extra are these companies going to charge for their products to pay for the costs to achieve these goals. The suppliers will charge more to provide the service.

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eddbetsworth August 13 2014 at 9:49 AM

Nice marketing ploy. Jump on the government bandwagon people! Climate change is here to stay and The Carbon Tax is a coming. Of course businesses won't have to pay it. But we the consumers will; twice. Once thru higher food prices and when the government taxes us for our carbon output.

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Anthony August 13 2014 at 12:09 PM

They're out of their tree.

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Randy Anthony August 13 2014 at 12:40 PM

Must be the Keebler elves rebelled and kicked them out of their hollow tree!

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