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Marfrig Group’s First Scope 3 Inventory Finds 95 Percent of Global Emissions

Brazil-based global food processor Marfrig Group has completed its first Scope 3 GHG emissions inventory, concluding that some 95 percent of its global emissions are generated within Scope 3.

The company, one of the largest beef producers in the world, said that this finding will prompt it to focus efforts on building a joint GHG reduction effort with suppliers, among them grain and animal farmers, energy and packaging suppliers and logistics operators.

Marfrig Group’s inventory was prepared according to the requirements of ISO 14064-1, and audited by process inspection, verification, testing and certification services provider Societe Generale de Surveillance. The Scope 3 inventory included all sources of emission not under the company’s direct control, such as the production of the grains used in feed, enteric emissions by ruminants and third party transportation of product to clients, among other sources.

Since 2010, Marfrig Group has compiled inventories of direct emissions from its own sources (Scope 1) and indirect emissions from purchased power (Scope 2), and defined a program to reduce the intensity of its Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 30 percent by 2020.

The food producer said that it has already reached about 50 percent of this target by improving its effluent treatment systems and replacing fossil fuels with renewable sources.

According to the company website, Marfrig is a signatory of the Corporate Pact for Sustainable Connections, which supports the sustainable financing, production, use, distribution, marketing and consumption of livestock farming products originating in the Amazon and marketed in the city of São Paulo.

As well, in 2011, the company was recognized as the “Best Meat Company” by the Exame business magazine’s Biggest and Best guide, and “Best Meat Company” by the Globo Organization’s Globo Rural magazine, its website said.

But Greenpeace investigation in 2009 said the Brazilian government’s partial ownership of three of the country’s cattle giants, including Marfrig, indicated its complicity in rainforest destruction.

The investigation found that expansion of the cattle sector is driving the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest and jeopardizing Brazil’s pledge to cut deforestation by 72 percent by 2018. The environmental group also says the cattle industry is the single largest source of deforestation in the world and Brazil’s main source of CO2 emissions.

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