A Favorable Climate for Growth

Abstract

In 2015, General Mills was one of the first US Corporations to publish a GHG goal approved by SBTi.  Since that time, we have reduced our global GHG footprint by 15%.  Now, in 2020, we have raised our improvement target to 30% by 2030 with the ambition of 0 net emissions by 2050 in alignment with the new SBTi 1.5oC guidance.

This is a Farm-to-Fork global supply chain objective with the agricultural component representing over 60% of our footprint.  So, General Mills is investing considerable resources to lead our farmers through the Regenerative Agriculture transformation. 

Given the AEE/DOE audience, the majority of this presentation will focus on the decarbonization efforts specifically within our manufacturing operations which have been actively pursued within since 2007.  The presentation will describe our past and current work along with our plans for the future.  Highlights will include:

- Factory Energy Optimization efforts

- DOE BP partnership

- Significant GHG wins including 2 biogas CHP systems

- General Mills Wind Farm VPPA investments

- Future CHP initiative to specifically reduce plant Scope 1 (Nat gas) GHG

See our Sep 2020 full announcement of 2030 GHG ambition here:

https://www.generalmills.com/en/News/NewsReleases/Library/2020/September/General-Mills-to-reduce-absolute-greenhouse-gas-emissions

Speaker

Daren Kaiser

Global Energy Strategy

General Mills

BS – IE, Iowa State University, 1987

  - 30+ Years in Manufacturing

Manufacturing Engineer, Frito-Lay, 1987-1991

  - Casa Grande, AZ

Purina, Plant Tech Manager, 1991-1997

  - Dunkirk, NY; Davenport, IA; Clinton, IA

General Mills, Plant Tech Manager, 1997-2017

  - Buffalo; Cincinnati; Covington, GA; Murfreesboro, TN

Global Energy Strategy Leader, 2018-present