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14/03/2022

Carbon Neutrality, a bet with early results

Becoming a carbon-neutral company is a priority for Luker.  We have planned an ambitious roadmap for 2030, however, we are proud to say that the process is already showing results.

Sustainability has always been in Luker’s DNA. That is why, over the years, the programs and projects developed under The Chocolate Dream aim to build a company that goes beyond sustainability. All lined up with The Sustainable Development Goals to get a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”.

 

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Approach to the green supply chain for chocolate businesses

According to The Paris Agreement, signed in 2016, industries worldwide need to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2030. For this long-term aim, today’s decarbonization actions are crucial. Thanks to Luker’s collective effort, the results are impressive.

But first: what are we talking about when we talk about decarbonization at Luker? In 2017, the company decided to act on the matter. In this way, we began to measure the carbon footprint to know how to proceed in all three scopes.

 

3 scopes to measure the carbon footprint

  1. The first scope refers to all the direct emissions that the company generates from sources. These are the emissions from ACPM, refrigerants, fire extinguishers, lubricants, among others. Here, we can witness how Luker went from 698 refrigerant CO2 emissions in 2017 to 118 in 2021.
  2. The second scope for Luker relates to the indirect emissions from the purchase of the electrical energy used in all our processes.
  3. The third scope considers all other emissions including the supply chain. Purchased goods and services, business travel, employee commuting, waste disposal, transportation, and distribution are some of the aspects measured here. Our suppliers become strategic allies in this race.

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Bringing carbon neutrality to the chocolate supply chain

Aligned with the world reality, and understanding the complexity of modernizing ancestral practices, Luker devised several strategies. It’s not only about reducing emissions. A compensation system was also created, based on carbon credits from the sequestration of CO2 on our cocoa farms around Colombia.

Still, this is not the only achievement of the company. Another one is the reduction of 16% in CO2e per USD million sales from 2020 to 2021. This is from 47 CO2 tons per USD million sales to 39 CO2 tons per USD million sales.

In other words: in 2020 we produced 47 tons of CO2 for every million dollars sold. By 2021, thanks to adjustments, we generated 39 for the same number of sales.

Luker also achieved a reduction of 52% in refrigerant CO2 emissions from 2020 to 2021. This is due to modifications we made to our chocolate production equipment.

All our mitigation initiatives together with the carbon credits helped us achieve our goal: 100% compensation of CO2 emissions at scope 1 and 2 in 2021.

The road is long. Yet, we continue to work to accomplish each of the established goals. Our achievements motivate us to continue improving and innovating. We know we must do much more.

 

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Race to zero for your chocolate business to be a hero!

As a business, we are also proud to have joined the United Nations Race to Zero campaign. The global initiative aims to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, and investors for a healthy, resilient, zero-carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth.

If we don’t protect our planet, we can’t protect our crops. Luker Chocolate is a producer that understands its responsibilities. Through its operations, with its communities of influence, and the whole planet. We will always strive to become ever-more sustainable and climate positive.

We all love chocolate. But, as Masanobu Fukuoka said, “food and agriculture are the front and back of the same body”. So, we continue working to keep sweetness sustainable.

 

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