British soft drinks producer Britvic has signed a Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emission.

Launched in 2015, SBTi is a partnership between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), as well as one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments.

It encourages companies worldwide to set science-based targets to limit GHG emissions, enabling them to transition to a low-carbon economy.

Britvic corporate responsibility director Alison Rothnie said: “At Britvic, we are dedicated to sustainable business practices, which is why we are delighted to sign up to the Science Based Targets initiative.

“As part of our sustainability strategy, we’ve already taken a number of steps to minimise our environmental impact, including removing plastic from our supply chain through light-weighting our bottles and 100% of our plastic bottles, cans and glass are fully recyclable.”

“We understand the role that industry has to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and our commitment to set a science-based emission reduction target marks the next step in Britvic’s contribution to the global fight against climate change.”

With this, Britvic joins a group of nearly 600 companies worldwide, who are already part of the initiative.

In March, Arla Foods and its 10,300 farmers set a target for a quicker transition towards sustainable dairy production.

The company aims to reduce GHG by 30% per kilo of milk over the next decade to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.