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B.C.’s Portofino Bakery certified as 2021 Radicle Climate Smart Business
November 2, 2022 By Bakers Journal
Victoria – Portofino Bakery has completed the Radicle Climate Smart training program by undertaking such carbon reduction initiatives as installing a flour silo system and moving from bagged to bulk flour.
To become a Radicle Climate Smart business, the team at Portofino worked to measure their scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions from 2021 and developed a detailed plan to reduce those emissions. In 2021 the bakery undertook several carbon reduction initiatives, including installing a flour silo system and moving from bagged to bulk flour has saved over 60,000 flour bags from landfill and has reduced transportation emissions from transporting bagged flour; and reducing the thickness of plastic bread bags, saving thousands of kilograms of plastic each year, and reducing emissions from both production and disposal of single use plastics.
“At Portofino Bakery, part of our bakery’s purpose is committing to doing things right, and that belief goes beyond baking our artisan products,” said Matt Cimon, president of Portofino Bakery. “For us, it is also about how we operate in our greater community and how we can be good stewards of the climate and environment that we operate in. Becoming Radicle Climate Smart certified is an important accomplishment for our bakery and demonstrates our commitment to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. It is one step of many we are taking to minimize our overall impact on the environment.”
“By completing the Radicle Climate Smart training program, companies are pioneering a new path towards Net Zero, making environmental stewardship and financial prosperity two sides of the same coin,” said Radicle CEO Saj Shapiro. “Radicle Climate Smart businesses are among global industry leaders who have taken steps toward creating sustainable initiatives for their company’s long-term success, and showing they have a plan in place to make a positive impact for the environment for generations to come.”
In completing this award-winning greenhouse gas emissions reduction program, Portofino Bakery joins other industry leaders in meeting emissions reduction objectives that benefit the environment and their bottom line.
Since opening in 2004, Portofino Bakery has grown to become the largest commercial bakery on Vancouver Island, and one of the fastest growing commercial artisan bakeries in Western Canada. It is the flagship bread brand of Bond Bakery Brands is known for its unique artisan breads and buns with long shelf life.
Radicle developed one of the world’s first software platforms to measure, qualify and aggregate greenhouse gas emissions. The organization works with agriculture, energy, forestry, manufacturing, commercial and financial services to enable planet-positive solutions by increasing efficiency while lowering costs and emissions.
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