Yili Group has received the PAS 2060 certification on carbon neutrality from Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection, and certification, which has recognized the dairy producer’s Yunnan facility for becoming the first zero-carbon factory in China’s food industry.
Last year, Yili Yunnan Dairy received the first green electricity certificate in China’s food industry. Implementing energy continuous management efforts, the factory’s total energy consumption fell 15.7% year-on-year to 28.77 kilograms per ton in 2021. This year, Yili Yunnan Dairy also successfully completed a carbon inventory assessment and passed China’s Certified Emission Reductions (CCER).
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In 2020, Yili became the first Chinese dairy producer to publicly commit to becoming carbon neutral after China announced its 2030/2060 climate goals (achieving peak carbon emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060) at the United Nations General Assembly. Guided by these targets and its own development goals, Yili continues to accelerate the pace of its green development, energy-saving, and carbon-reduction efforts. The company has carried out corporate carbon inventory assessments for 12 consecutive years and established a comprehensive data accounting system for energy and environmental protection.
The company also has been recognized for establishing the Yili Future Intelligence and Health Valley in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, which will become China’s first five-star project for carbon neutrality. By the end of 2021, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology had rated 23 Yili factories as green factories.
Bureau Veritas has stated it believes Yili will take carbon neutrality as an opportunity and leverage technological innovations to promote green development, and that Yili will play a leading role in China’s dairy industry in exploring unique pathways to achieve carbon neutrality.