The story of 'erasing the carbon footprint' in C.P to participate in Vietnam's circular economy

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh's commitment at COP26 demonstrated Vietnam's strong determination to bring net emissions to zero by 2050. In order to realize that determination, Vietnam developed a circular economic development program, opening with the conference "Starting to develop a national plan to implement the circular economy" on June 28.

As an agricultural production enterprise that has a great impact of reducing net emissions, C.P. Group is making strides to transform the production model to cycle, contributing to ensuring Vietnam’s sustainable food security. Ms. Sirapassorn Sagulwiwat - Assistant Vice President of CPF Sustainable Development Department, representative of the group shared at the conference about the trend of shifting investment in global economic reconstruction in the new context after COVID-19 and circular economic innovation in the enterprise sector. "It is necessary to take into account the sustainability of food to see the action that must be taken to contribute to Vietnam's food security, C.P. Vietnam cannot unilaterally do this but needs the cooperation of the community and other businesses," said Sirapassorn Sagulwiwat.

In terms of sustainable food, the C.P. aims to ensure that food is clean and safe, especially in the context of climate change threats, this is increasingly focused. Ms. Sirapassorn Sagulwiwat also conveyed to the group's conference the message that C.P looks forward to contributing to Vietnam's determination to bring net emissions to zero by contributing to circular economic production. Ensure the application of high technology in production to have products that are safe for health, protect the environment and reduce the labor loss of workers.

Mrs. Sirapassorn Sagulwiwat, representative of C.P. Group

"In our factories, we are increasing the use of renewable energy, biogas. The previous wastes were only discarded but now we recycle to bring new value, reduce waste, reduce resource loss. The waste at the end of this process will be an input material for another process while creating more jobs for workers, helping the vulnerable in society." Mrs Sirapassorn Sagulwiwat said

Realizing this, the C.P. has been and will take actions to reduce the lack of carbon footprint and human plastic footprint. Specifically, the group has minimized the use of plastic bags, conducted studies on operations on farms on waste treatment control, used appropriate paper bins and applied C.P's experience in countries around the world to Vietnam.

Regarding the issue of sustainable packaging, the representative of C.P said that in order to minimize 50,000 tons of plastic bags from year to year, C.P has made changes in product design, packaging and raw materials according to the principle of taking advantage of compostable materials. According to the C.P.'s target of 2030, 100% of C.P.'s packaging will be recyclable for reuse and compostable completely. Currently, C.P. has reached 98% of recycled packaging for reuse. The company's research department is finding a way to realize this goal as soon as possible.

In addition, this group from Thailand also attaches great importance to protecting biodiversity. "We aim to peacefully coexist with things on earth, C.P. wishes to contribute to the process of planting mangrove forests – considered as the diamond of Vietnam, and continue to set a target of 1.5 million trees by 2025, building a program for Vietnam to be cleaner," he said.  Sirapassorn Sagulwiwat shared.

C.P's strategy to transform the green production model is fully in line with Vietnam's circular economy program, especially in the context that the circular economy, zero-emission, carbon neutral economy by 2050 is a global ambition, aiming to shift global industries and value chains in 25 to 30 years.

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment (TN&MT) Tran Hong Ha and Mr. Montri Suwanposri, General Director of C.P. at the event

Meanwhile, issuing a warning at the conference, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment (TN&MT) Tran Hong Ha said that in May 2022, the World Meteorological Organization published four main indicators on climate change, including greenhouse gas concentrations, sea level rise, ocean heat and ocean acidification that have set new records in 2021. This suggests that human activities are causing changes at the planetary level on land, in the ocean bed and atmosphere, creating serious and long-term consequences for sustainable development and ecosystems.

"Climate change, environmental pollution and the decline of natural ecosystems are a dual crisis for humanity today. This is the consequence of the model of linear development (resource extraction - production - consumption and finally elimination into the environment) unsustainable for more than 150 years of humanity", Minister Tran Hong Ha emphasized.

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