Birchall has become the first tea company in the world to officially join the UN’s Climate Neutral Now Initiative, which invites organisations to work towards global climate neutrality by addressing their own climate footprint.
We have also become the first tea company in the world to achieve the Carbon Neutral International Standard, which we obtained by measuring and offsetting our greenhouse gas emissions, supporting verified volunteer reforestation projects around the world. This means that all of our products – including our award-winning Great Rift Breakfast Tea – are now completely Carbon Neutral.
These achievements are just the latest in a series of steps we have taken to help avoid the worst effects of climate change, such as droughts, flooding and heatwaves. We have significantly reduced excess and single use plastic from our supply chain and, last year, we unveiled the Birchall Tea Factory – the UK’s first solar-powered tea production facility – in Amesbury, Wiltshire, complete with a roof-top solar installation featuring more than 460 solar panels.
The UNFCCC’s Climate Neutral Now initiative was launched by UN Climate Change in 2015 to encourage everyone in society to take action to help achieve a climate neutral world by mid-century, enshrined in the Paris Agreement.
“Becoming a signatory to the UN’s Climate Neutral Now pledge is a clear reaffirmation of Birchall’s ongoing commitment to a sustainable future” said Daniel Graham, our Managing Director. “We recognise that climate change is a threat to the livelihoods and wellbeing of everyone on the planet and that we must all take action now. That’s why we have worked hard to do our bit, achieve net zero emissions and win One Carbon World Carbon Neutral Gold Standard Status.”
Andrew Bowen, Chief Executive Officer of One Carbon World said: “We are thrilled to announce that Birchall Tea is the first tea company who achieved both the Carbon Neutral Gold Standard and the UN Climate Neutral Now Initiative participation. Every emission Birchall Tea has offset directly supports the UN and verified voluntary reforestation projects around the world. Their fantastic commitment sends an inspirational message to their customers, staff and stakeholders and the tea industry on what can be achieved today.”