INTERNATIONAL. SSP Group’s aim to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 has been formally approved by the global Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

The SBTi – the global body for validating emission-reducing targets in line with the latest climate science – guides companies on a measurable path towards a lower-carbon future.

Companies apply to the SBTi to discover if their sustainability goals are realistic, achievable and ambitious enough to be impactful. If approved, stakeholders are then kept informed with regular, data-backed updates.

SSP first set out its net-zero ambition in December 2021. By the end of 2022, 33% of its own-brand meal offerings were plant-based or vegetarian, while 85% of its own-brand coffee units in its North America, Continental Europe and UK & Ireland regions were offering non-dairy milk alternatives.

Commenting on the SBTi validation, SSP Group CEO Patrick Coveney said: “At SSP, we are passionate about building a more sustainable food and travel system for the future.

“Climate change is a global issue that requires collaborative action across the entire food and travel sectors, and we believe that we have both the ability and the responsibility to take a leading role in that mission.”

SSP will continue to seek out suppliers with green credentials and to increase its plant-based offerings

The company has pledged to design recipes and menus that are healthier and more sustainable, and to increase its range of plant-based offerings.

SSP is also working in collaboration with its clients, brand partners and suppliers to select those that have strong eco-credentials and who source local and seasonal ingredients or products that meet recognised sustainability standards.

Future Food Movement Founder Kate Cawley said it is important for big businesses like SSP to lead the way.

“Climate Action requires fundamental transformation from businesses, and we need net-zero business leaders like SSP to take on the tough battles now to pave the way for others to follow,” she commented.

In August, SSP’s Insights Team revealed data from 18,000 guests showing that one in five travellers are actively seeking food and drink at airports that carry green credentials, as long as the items are also good value for money. ✈️


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