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AG Barr

Industry: Food & Drink

About the organisation: AG Barr is a UK-based branded consumer goods business, most famously known for its iconic Irn-Bru soft-drink. Established over 140 years ago in Scotland, AG Barr now operates across the UK and internationally.

Employing 860 people across 9 UK locations, they are proud to be a responsible business that listens to consumers, builds lasting customer relationships, takes care of employees, gives something back to local communities and works to minimise its environmental impact.

AG Barr’s key sustainability highlights:

  • With it’s new ‘No time to waste’ programme, AG Barr aims to be carbon net zero by 2040.
  • AG Barr is a founding member of Circularity Scotland – the organisation operating Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme.

In detail

‘No time to waste’ sustainability programme

In early 2021, AG Barr announced its ‘No time to waste’ programme, an ambitious environmental strategy with a commitment to become carbon net-zero by 2040.

The programme, using the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a blueprint, brings together multiple energy, packaging, sourcing and waste initiatives under one collective banner and reinforces the organisation’s aim to improve its sustainability efforts and ultimately reduce its environmental impact.

The programme sets out some ambitious targets including to use 100% recycled plastic across all of its brands by the end of 2023.

So far, in its efforts to reduce environmental impact, AG Barr has introduced 100% fossil-free electricity, achieved a 41% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 2015,  diverted 100% of its non-hazardous waste from landfill and is working closely with partners to ensure all of its raw materials are sustainably sourced.

AG Barr is also a founding member of Circularity Scotland, a not-for-profit organisation set up to operate Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme which aims to create a circular economy for drinks containers.

Learn more

Read more about AG Barr’s ‘No time to waste’ programme here.

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