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Wednesday 24 May 2017

Dawn Meats aims to become most sustainable meat company in Europe

Launching the report are CEO Niall Browne and Group Head of CSR David O’Flynn.
Launching the report are CEO Niall Browne and Group Head of CSR David O’Flynn.
Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

Dawn Meats has announced ambitious targets to reduce its energy usage and make it the most sustainable meat company in Europe.

The company, which employs 3,300 people in eight countries, said it has set itself targets for 2025 of reducing water and energy intensity by 40pc; and CO2 emission intensity by 50pc.

The commitments are contained in the company’s first Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report which it published today.

Commenting on the 2016 CSR report, CEO Niall Browne said none of this would be possible without the commitment of our staff.

"We have a really strong CSR committee at management level, but the buy-in throughout the organisation has been a credit to every member of the team. 2025 is fast approaching, and we will continue to keep a close eye on our targets to ensure that we meet and exceed them where possible.”

In 2016 Dawn Meats launched an Eco Drive initiative in 2016, which has seen hauliers achieve a reduction of 1m litres of fuel and saving 2,500 tons of CO2.

Dawn Meats was established in Co. Waterford in 1980, and has grown to a business with over €1bn in annual revenue, and deals with 15,000 Irish farms.

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