Climate change has broad implications for the health of people and our planet. The food system is a major contributor to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions—from land use to the transportation and packaging of food. We have a responsibility to act and believe that doing so is good for the planet and good for business.
We cannot continue on a path of business as usual. Bold collective action must be taken to address the climate crisis.
We are committed to reducing our contributions to climate change and increasing the resilience of the food supply chain through operational excellence, sustainable transportation, green building design and investments in clean energy.
We design and construct new distribution centers using green building practices. Our 8 LEED® Gold distribution centers and 1 LEED® Silver headquarters are more efficient and provide a healthy work environment for our associates. We also pursue ongoing lighting and refrigeration upgrades at our existing facilities.
We implement technology to maximize routes, consolidate stops and promote efficient driving behavior. Regular cycling of our fleet allows us to take advantage of technological advancements. In 2020, we began piloting our first all-electric refrigerated trailer in California.
Investments in Clean Energy
Our climate action strategy includes increasing the overall portion of renewable energy consumed.
Our 7 on-site solar arrays generate more than 5,781 MWh of renewable energy per year.
In 2020, we re-launched an effort to develop science-based emissions reduction targets to be submitted for approval to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). These targets are being developed based on current climate science, which clearly states that it is vital to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 for the best chance at avoiding the worst effects of climate change. UNFI is first North American wholesale grocery distributor to commit to such a target through SBTi. With this important milestone, we join a global movement of companies leading the transition to a low-carbon economy.
UNFI is proud to join thousands of American leaders calling for a national mobilization on climate action and a net-zero trajectory for the United States.