Ukraine's MHP makes sustainability a priority

Even though Ukraine is still suffering from the Russian invasion, MHP is maintaining its dedication to sustainability. 

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Even though Ukraine is still suffering from the Russian invasion, MHP is maintaining its dedication to sustainability. 

The Ukrainian poultry company has released a report using the internationally recognized standards of the Global Reporting Initiative to showcase the company’s progress and goals regarding sustainability. 

“MHP has accelerated its environmental, social and governance (ESG) efforts in recent years to meet the needs of its material stakeholders and to put in place the policies, systems and processes to move towards a more responsible business model,” said Yuriy Kosyuk, CEO and founder of MHP. “The pace of implementation of some of our planned developments has slowed pending a resolution to the war but we remain committed to continuing this trajectory, delivering value for all of our stakeholders and making a positive contribution to the planet.” 

MHP’s sustainability initiatives align with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The initiatives include becoming carbon neutral by 2030 by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, using renewable energy, reducing waste and water pollutants and preserving the biodiversity in areas where MHP operates. 

MHP has also reported how much CO2 the company emitted in 2021 per process. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, CO2 makes up 79% of greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans. 

By the numbers 




2021      
2020
Direct emissions inside Ukraine 
373,673          
321,428
Direct emissions outside Ukraine
  31,357            
  25,829
Use of biogas    
134,296           
150,651
Use of electricity
237,776          
232,302

(Measured in metric tons of CO2)

The direct emissions include the combustion of natural gas, diesel fuel, gasoline and compressed/liquified gases.

According to MHP executives, the increase in CO2 emissions from 2020 to 2021 is due to a 3% in poultry production, the acquisition of Lubnymyaso LLC and increased use of natural gas for drying purposes due to humidity.

While the future of Ukraine is still unknown, MHP is making plans for its future. The company’s new sustainability goals for 2022 include verifying MHP’s emissions via a third-party service and ensuring its suppliers of rapeseed and corn meet International Sustainability and Carbon Certification Standard requirements.

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