We're taking positive climate action
We’re improving our environmental pawprint by taking a science-led approach to reducing GHG emissions across our value chain. By rethinking our standards of practice and switching to renewable electricity in our hospitals and clinics, we can reduce our footprint and the environmental impact of our operations. We’re focused on reducing our carbon footprint across our value chain by 27% by 202 and 67% by 2050 and reaching net zero emissions from our operations by 2040.
But it is a continuous program of transformative action that is required to address the climate crisis in the long-term, and we are rising to this challenge. By 2025, our goal is for 100% of our hospitals to be powered by renewable electricity. We’ve made recent progress by signing on to a power-purchase agreement between Mars and Apex Clean energy which will enable construction of a wind farm in Ford Ridge, IL. this agreement will provide clean electricity for our more than 2,000 veterinary hospitals across the U.S. The turbines at Ford Ridge will generate enough electricity in one minute to power 36 veterinary visits and reduce CO2 by 11 pounds with each appointment. We are working with our UK and Europe based hospitals to source renewable electricity by 2025.
Closing the packaging waste loop
Waste disposal has a huge impact on the environment. Our vision for the future is a circular economy in which no packaging or consumables go to waste. Our most critical circularity goals are to establish recycling infrastructure and programs at 100% of our sites by 2025 and work towards reducing our non-hazardous waste by at least 50% by 2030. By removing packaging we don’t need, exploring reuse models and closing the packaging waste loop with recycling systems, we can help to build a circular economy where packaging never becomes a waste product.
Our U.S. hospitals will be powered by renewable electricity by 2022.
We're preserving the power of antimicrobials and cutting the use of antibiotics in our practices.
We’ve been working to reduce our paper consumption, with Banfield reducing by 34% in 2020.
Preserving the power of antimicrobials
Antibiotic resistance and antibiotic prescribing are inextricably linked. As veterinary professionals, we play a vital role in reducing the need for antibiotics and limiting opportunities for antimicrobial resistant strains to develop. During 2021 and beyond, our focus will be on demonstrating responsible pharmaceutical stewardship, particularly in the fight against antimicrobial resistance. Incorrect use and overuse of antibiotics is a major driver of resistance. Our mission is to cut the use of antibiotics across our practices as part of our effort to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria.