Yili reports tremendous progress in biodiversity protection and sustainability at BBF 2021 warm-up event


KUNMING, China, June 8, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Enabled June 6, 2021, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCDB) and from China The Ministry of Ecology and Environment hosted the 2021 Business and Biodiversity Forum (BBF) preparation event in Kunming, China, on the theme “Business and Financial Travel to Kunming: We Are Part of the Solution”. The event took place within the framework of the United Nations Conference on Biological Diversity, which aims to build partnerships to share ideas and solutions. Yili Group, asia largest dairy producer, has published its 2020 annual report on biodiversity conservation and Sustainable development report 2020 at the event. The company has been reporting on its practices in both areas since 2018.

Yili released the 2020 Biodiversity Conservation Annual Report and Sustainability Report at the BBF 2021 warm-up event

Fight against climate change and achieve a “carbon neutral” future

Achieving “carbon neutrality” and “peaks in carbon emissions” have become key issues for the well-being of humanity. In 2010, Yili worked on carbon inventory for 11 consecutive years. In response to the UN’s 2030 SDGs, Yili offered solutions to the challenges of global climate change. In 2019, Yili successfully automated its carbon inventory by incorporating the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) guidelines on national greenhouse gas inventories into its own information system. EHSQ management in accordance with ISO14064 standards. Yili has reduced its CO2 emissions by 6.51 million tonnes and saved electricity by 10.7 billion kWh over the past 11 years.

Protect the diversity of fauna by afforestation of the desert

“With her roots in Inner Mongolia, Yili is particularly concerned about the ecology of grasslands,” said Su Yufeng, spokesperson for Yili. Due to frequent droughts and overgrazing, the banner of Ar Horqin in Inner Mongolia faces the challenge of widespread deterioration of grasslands and desertification. To solve this problem, Yili launched an innovative model of growing herbs, which uses planting and breeding practices. With an annual output of over 40,000 tons of high quality medicine hay and oats and a saving of 46,000 mu (1 mu ≈ 667 meters2) degraded grassland, the model produces quality roughage for dairy cows while combating desertification and providing significant social and economic benefits to local communities. This model has significantly increased the rate of vegetation cover in key areas of the Ar Horqin Banner grasslands, from less than 10% in 2008 to more than 90% this year.

Yili is dedicated to the protection and reforestation of wetlands as well as the protection of wildlife habitats. As part of the company’s wetland ecology monitoring project last year, 16,526 bird species were recorded at 39 monitoring stations in three national nature reserves in Jilin Province. Among these listed species are endangered birds such as the eastern stork, the red-crowned crane and the Baer’s fruit bat, which has been described as “rarer than the giant panda” and is listed as an endangered species. criticism of extinction by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).

Promote organic lifestyles through environmentally friendly packaging

Yili has been a strong advocate of organic and green lifestyles by promoting environmentally friendly packaging. To protect forests inhabited by wildlife, Yili’s Satine milk uses FSC certified packaging. In 2020 alone, this program successfully converted 185,500 mu of sustainable forest in nearly five billion packages of milk. Satine introduced organic lids partly made from sugar cane, a recyclable and renewable resource.

In addition, Yili has implemented a lifecycle supply chain management system, urging suppliers to build responsible industrial chain for a green future. By the end of 2020, 19 factories in Yili had been identified as “green factories” by from China Ministry of Industry and Information Technologies.

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