Fighting Climate Change

In 2020 we set a science-based GHG-reduction goal to cut our absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by more than 50 percent and our absolute Scope 3 emissions by 25 percent by 2030 compared to a 2018 baseline. Our emissions-reduction targets were approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) as consistent with levels required to meet the highest goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. The targets covering emissions from our operations are aligned with reduction requirements to keep warming to 1.5°C globally."1

As part of our work to tackle emissions, our Sustainability and Engineering teams have partnered to launch a companywide energy program. This program will set challenging targets for energy for each of our facilities and support our mission to become an ENERGY STAR® partner. Our manufacturing plants will be entering the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry and will be seeking to reduce the energy intensity of manufacturing our products by 10 percent within five years or less. To drive this commitment, each Hershey location around the world has designated an Energy Champion responsible for implementing carbon savings projects, meeting conservation goals, identifying opportunities for energy reduction and efficiency, and engaging employees in these efforts.

Emissions

Renewable Energy

Investing in renewable energy will be a key lever in reaching our Scope 1 and Scope 2 commitments. Two recently signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) enable the construction of two new utility-scale solar farms that are expected to come online in late 2021 and 2023, respectively.  These projects will cover a portion of our energy needs in our operations in Stuarts Draft, Virginia, and our many facilities across Pennsylvania. 

Reducing Value Chain Emissions

More than 90 percent of our carbon emissions are from Scope 3 emissions in our extended value chain. Cocoa, dairy, sugar, packaging and logistics represent the areas where we saw the largest emissions hotspots and the greatest opportunities for emissions reductions.

Approximately 42 percent of our baseline Scope 3 emissions are due to land-use change from farm-level production of our ingredients. Addressing land use will form a significant part of our future actions on climate change, and we have adopted a commitment to eliminate deforestation from all our ingredient supply chains by 2030.  

In both sugar and dairy, we are incorporating our climate efforts into new responsible sourcing programs. In addition, our dairy operations will run a pilot with our supplier Land O’Lakes and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay to make on-farm improvements in the Pennsylvania area. Many of the projects will have water and carbon co-benefits, such as encouraging the adoption of farming practices that promote soil health.

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From Nuts to Clean Energy: One Employee’s Story of Leading Hershey to Renewable Energy

Mark Kline, Hershey’s Senior Manager of Nut & Energy Sourcing, Global Commodities explains the exciting opportunities Hershey is exploring to transition our operations to renewable energy

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A Strong First Year for Hershey’s Climate Commitments

A year ago Hershey introduced our Science Based Target in an effort to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions. We are thrilled to announce that we have not only kept our commitment to this goal, but we have made progress towards creating a more green and sustainable environment.

Our Goals & Progress

Our Goals & Progress