We want to focus on reducing any negative impact we have in our operations and maximise the positive impact our farmer customers can have, resulting in a net positive contribution to the environment.
We’re committed to net zero by 2030
In 2021, we made the ambitious commitment to bring carbon emissions from our own direct operations to net zero by 2030. This target far exceeds the UK government’s deadline of 2050 and will be achieved through improving the environmental performance of site facilities, operational activities and company vehicles to reduce our carbon intensity. Utilising renewable energy sources and alternative fuels will play a key part in achieving this goal.
Carbon footprint reduction has been an objective at Frontier for a number of years, with the company bringing down its operational emission rate by 28% between 2015 and 2019. We also cut our overall CO2 equivalent (CO2e) per £1,000,000 of turnover from 10.3 tonnes in 2015 to 9.49 tonnes in 2020.
Our roadmap to net zero
Over the next few years, Frontier will be piloting sustainable solutions in key areas including:
• Bulk grain haulage
• Crop production deliveries
• Grain drying
• Alternative fuels.
In addition to this, we plan to increase our production of in-house renewable energy with the installation of more on-site solar panels.
Solar energy installed at our site in Holme-on-Spalding-Moor
Supporting farmers with sustainable crop production
Alongside efforts to improve our own environmental impact, we have also invested in the development of advice and tools to help farmers achieve their own sustainability goals. One example of this is our Soil Life service and research sites, which provide farmers with action-oriented data to improve the health and resilience of their soils. We have also worked with colleagues at Kings and SOYL to develop an industry leading environmental mapping tool. The tool enables farmers to plan, record and manage their natural capital, preparing them for future payment schemes linked to results such as ELMs. The tool is part of Frontier’s digital farm management platform, MyFarm.