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Suntory launches low-carbon sugarcane farming project in Thailand
Rafaela Sousa

Rafaela Sousa

19 June 2024

Suntory launches low-carbon sugarcane farming project in Thailand

Suntory Holdings has initiated a three-year project to reduce carbon emissions in sugarcane farming in Thailand.

The project is in collaboration with the VIVE Programme, a voluntary sustainability programme in ingredient and energy supply chains, and Kaset Thai International Sugar Corporation Public (KTIS), one of Thailand's top sugar producers.

Suntory is sponsoring a pilot programme in Thailand to implement low-carbon farming interventions. These interventions, based on regenerative agricultural practices, have been identified by experts from KTIS and VIVE.

The programme aims to help KTIS and its farms develop scalable, low-carbon sugarcane production, contributing to Suntory Group’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% across its value chain by 2030.

Brian Golden, senior general manager of global supply solutions at Suntory Holdings, commented: “Suntory is deeply committed to enhancing resiliency and minimizing emissions throughout our agricultural supply chains while simultaneously uplifting the livelihoods of farmers. To achieve this goal, we are collaborating with various partners on pioneering programs that embody innovation and sustainability in the agricultural sector. We are excited to launch this new initiative with VIVE and KTIS, which will leverage regenerative agricultural principles, supported by practical, real-world insights, to drive transformative advancements for a more sustainable future.”

Sylvester Bamkole, sustainability associate at VIVE, said: “We are seeing significant interest from various ingredient and energy supply chain participants (producers and buyers alike) who are increasingly committed to leveraging supply chain insights to drive the implementation, measurement and verification of key decarbonisation interventions across their global supply chains".

"The core purpose of VIVE Climate Action is to deliver a holistic and science-based decarbonisation solution throughout raw material supply chains, creating carbon transparency, identifying opportunities, and developing critical partnerships for carbon reduction. Via VIVE Climate Action, we are excited to collaborate with Suntory and KTIS to implement a commercially viable pathway for carbon reductions and drive continuous improvement.”

Parphan Siriviriyakul, CEO of KTIS, added: “KTIS is very pleased to participate in this project, which is in line with our strong intention to become a low-carbon organisation for sustainable growth...Participating in this low-carbon agriculture project is another evidence of our unwavering commitment to sustainable sugarcane farming and conscientious environmental care.”

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