Glovo: How the food delivery site achieved carbon neutrality

Spanish food delivery service provider Glovo has announced that it has achieved carbon neutrality across its entire global value chain.

The company says it is the first company to achieve this in its industry.

Glovo announced its intention to achieve carbon neutrality in December 2019. The company achieved carbon neutrality just two years after setting the target, but it has now set further carbon reduction targets for 2030 , especially :

  • Improve sustainable packaging to represent more than 92% of its orders
  • Make the bulk of its courier vehicles incombustible
  • Source 100% renewable electricity for its own facilities (including kitchens, offices, micro-distribution centers, etc.) by 2030

How Glovo Achieves Its Carbon Neutral Goals

Glovo’s carbon neutrality targets have been endorsed by the Science Based Targets initiative as being in line with the Paris Agreement goals of containing global warming, meaning it must stay below 1.5 °C.

In its race to become an emissions neutral company, Glovo measured its direct and indirect CO2 emissions, which gave it a better understanding of their emission source and how much the Spanish company had to compensate. Glovo has also helped reduce the use of unsustainable packaging and the generation of food waste, further reducing emissions by 1,868 tonnes of CO2 equivalent in 2021.

In addition to having a third of its couriers use bicycles and electric vehicles to deliver their customers’ orders, Glovo is also partnering with Pachama, a reforestation monitoring technology company, which provides them with a carbon offset. Through this, the company supported the Brazil Nuts Concessions and Madre de Dios forest conservation projects in Peru, and the Jari Pará forest conservation project in Brazil, which together offset Glovo’s carbon footprint from 25% or 34,321 tons of CO2 equivalent by the end of 2020.

Glovo also began partnering with South Pole in 2021, expanding its range of offset initiatives to cover 100% of emissions across its entire value chain. Offset projects include those in Kenya and Ghana, where Glovo also offers its services. Projects include forest preservation, sustainable agriculture, energy-efficient cookstoves, and renewable energy, among others.

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