Meat processors Dawn Meats has cut its CO2 emissions by 33% just four years into a ten-year strategy to reduce the company's environmental impact. 

In its second group CSR report today, Dawn provided a progress update on its targets to reduce water and energy intensity by 40% and CO2 emission intensity by 50% by 2025. 

It said that by the end of 2018, water intensity across the group had reduced by 23%, energy intensity by 18% and CO2 emissions by 33%, as part of its ambition to become Europe's most sustainable meat company.

Dawn Meats also said today it had signed up to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), a joint programme of the UN Global Compact, CDP, the World Resources Institute and WWF. 

Under the SBTi, companies set emissions reduction targets in line with the level of decarbonisation needed to meet the Paris Agreement commitment to limit global warming to an increase of 2°C above pre-industrial levels. 

Dawn said it is the first European beef and lamb processor to publicly commit to SBTi and measure its progress on externally verified sustainability goals.

Dawn Meats last year also switched 1,100 tonnes of plastic to recyclable mono materials in 2018, while a total of 4.5 million litres of fuel was saved under its Eco Drive initiative.

Niall Browne, the CEO of Dawn Meats, said consumers are increasingly concerned with the impact of the lifestyle choices that they make. 

As a responsible business, we are trusted by our customers and all our stakeholders to support the communities we supply and from which we source our most vital inputs," the CEO said.

"For Dawn Meats the path to becoming Europe's most sustainable meat company, builds trust and loyalty in our brands, as well as making us a leaner, more efficient and resilient business," Mr Browne added.