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2 June, 2021 - 22:38 By Tony Quested

Wall Street giant’s Peterborough facility on track

McCormick & Company, a global leader in flavour, says its new manufacturing site in Peterborough – due to open in 2021 – is on track to become its first Net Zero Carbon Building. 

Once fully operational, the 93,000m² site will employ around 300 people and will serve the Maryland company’s Flavour Solutions customers.

The project is leveraging the UK Green Building Council Net Zero Carbon Buildings Framework to help deliver Net Zero Carbon in both construction and operations, the highest level of commitment to the framework.

New York quoted McCormick launched its Purpose-Led Performance programme in 2017 where it outlined a set of goals to benefit people, communities, and the planet by 2025. 

To impact climate change, McCormick’s science-based emissions targets include one to achieve a 20 per cent absolute reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from its facilities and another to achieve a 16 per cent absolute reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. 

The Peterborough Gateway project has been devised in close collaboration with Flavour Solutions customers and the aim is to make it a sustainable manufacturing blueprint across the firm’s global supply chain.

To achieve Net Zero in construction, and to prepare for Net Zero in operations, McCormick followed a methodology of building less, building clever and building efficiently as set out in the UKGBC framework. 

McCormick’s actions are reducing the site’s construction carbon emissions by 30 per cent from an estimated 36,000 tCO2e to a current estimate of 25,000 tCO2e (+/ 25 per cent). This will be confirmed at build completion. 

McCormick’s initial design footprint review and whole life carbon assessment led to design and construction changes impacting the facility, including on-site concrete mixing capabilities and the use of low-carbon concrete. 

The site’s concrete uses 30 per cent Ground Granulated Blast-furnace Slag  to reduce carbon in the site’s foundations, ground and mezzanine floors, as well as its external yard. 

The facility’s construction will also reuse all 12,400m³ of excavated soil during the cut and fill process to avoid bringing in or removing earth.
McCormick has worked with Natural Capital Partners, a leading expert on carbon neutrality and climate finance, to find credible offsite carbon reductions to achieve Net Zero in construction.

Chris Jinks, President EMEA, said: “While acknowledging there is still much work to do to achieve our Net Zero ambitions at Peterborough, we are pleased with the progress we are making. This marks an important milestone in our sustainability journey. 

“Our customers and consumers have been at the heart of our decision-making and we look forward to working with others to explore more ways to make a positive contribution to the world around us and reduce our reliance on the planet’s natural resources.”

With over $5 billion in annual sales across 160 countries and territories, McCormick manufactures, markets and distributes spices, seasoning mixes, condiments and other flavourful products to the entire food industry including e-commerce channels, grocery, food manufacturers and food service businesses. 

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