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Climate Action

  • 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.
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We cannot continue on a path of business as usual. Bold collective action must be taken to address the climate crisis.

 

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    Our Approach

     

  • 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.

     

  • Energy Efficiency

    We design and construct new distribution centers using green building practices. Our 9 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.

  • Sustainable Transportation

    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 almost 6,000 MWh of renewable energy per year.

UNFI's Climate Action Hub provides tools and resources, including opportunities for our suppliers and partners to learn from experts and each other, to innovate and scale climate solutions across the food system.

Science-based Targets

  • In 2022, our science-based emissions reduction targets were approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). These targets were 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 set such targets. With this important milestone, we join a global movement of companies leading the transition to a low-carbon economy.

     

  • UNFI Emissions Reduction Goals Validated by Science Based Targets initiative

    Learn more about UNFI's Climate Goals

 

Our Goals & Commitments

 

  • Reduce Scope 1 & 3 heavy freight well-to-wheel (WTW) GHG emissions from transportation 38% per tonne kilometer by 2030
  • Reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions from all other emission sources 50% by 2030
  • Reduce absolute Scope 3 GHG emissions from purchased goods and services and upstream transportation and distribution 25% by 2030
  • Source 20% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2023
  • 30% reduction in distribution center energy intensity by 2030

 

All goals and commitments dates refer to our fiscal calendar. Our base year is fiscal 2020.