What is the Tracking Progress Update?
The Climate Collaborative’s (CC) Tracking Progress Update highlights the type and amount of progress that committed companies are making around their climate action commitments. We ask these questions via a short annual survey. We ask companies where in the implementation process they are, whether they are quantifying emissions reductions, and for details on their progress. Companies are expected to provide information for each commitment they have made; quantitative data is welcome but not required.
This update is the primary way we are able to assess progress in the industry on an annual basis. 2019 is the second tracking progress cycle for the CC; we asked all companies that made commitments before December 31, 2018 to respond, a total of 324 companies. To learn more about CC commitments visit www.climatecollaborative.com/take_action.
We are excited to share that nominations for our third annual National Co+op Grocers Climate Collaborative Awards are now open!
Up to 1/3 of global greenhouse gas emissions stems from the food system, an estimated 80% of which comes from agriculture. Nearly 200 companies in our community are working to reduce their agricultural footprint through carbon farming practices. Among them, CC committee company General Mills is going one step further to create an open-source self-assessment tool for any farmer to use to identify and boost their regenerative agricultural practices.
If the United States went shopping in your store, it would leave with five bags, drop two in the parking lot, and leave them there. This may seem crazy, but as a country, we leave a full 40 percent of our food uneaten. And it’s not just food going in the trash: Up to about one-fifth of U.S. cropland, fertilizers, and agricultural water go towards growing food that’s ultimately wasted. Food waste is responsible for at least 2.6 percent of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions (equivalent to more than that of 37 million cars), and wasting less food was ranked third of 100 solutions to climate change by Project Drawdown.