Netafim's Pledge for UN Private Sector Forum of the Secretary General's Climate Summit

Netafim's Pledge for UN Private Sector Forum of the Secretary General's Climate Summit

  • Overview

    Summary

    At Netafim we have two sets of commitments: in our direct operations and through our business activities towards sustainable agriculture. For example, over 70% of fresh water resources are used for agricultural purposes. Since these resources are becoming scarcer and are being distributed ineffectively, it becomes important to use what little resources available in the most efficient way. Netafim’s drip irrigation systems have so far provided a solution to this problem and will continue to do so on an even greater scale. Also, Netafim maintains a lean and efficient supply chain by operating 16 manufacturing plants that are close to our customers in key countries, thereby minimizing transportation and logistics costs. It’s initiatives like this that allow Netafim to contribute to lowering its carbon cost on the environment.

    Commitment Target(s)
    • 2014 – Netafim’s Mass Adoption of Drip (MAD) approach aims to expand affordable application of drip to all major commodity crops as well as improving smallholders access to drip irrigation technology in developing countries. We realize Netafim sits at the intersection of the Water, Food, Land crisis, and we intend to make an impact where it matters.

    • 2014 – In Between 2011 and 2013 Netafim operations have decreased their Greenhouse Gas emissions intensity by 20% (from .686 CO2e/ton to .573 CO2e/ton.) Drip irrigation has been proven to show lower N2O emissions than the more common Flood Irrigation method. N2O is 300 times more potent than CO2 and agriculture accounts for more than half of the N2O emissions. Netafim plans to make known the benefits of drip and to implement drip systems on a larger scale to decrease the effect of these emissions more each year.

    • 2014 – Netafim will attend conferences such as the Stockholm World Water Week to demonstrate initiatives and promote resource conservation, while taking opportunities to collaborate and learn from other participating organizations.

    • 2014 – Netafim pledges to continue working collaboratively with government organizations, NGOs, as well as other enterprises both nationally and sectorally along value chains to take joint initiatives aimed at reducing climate risks. Netafim will remain an active business champion for rapid and extensive climate action, participating in university studies to stay up to date on the environmental issues and take initiative for appropriate change.

    • 2014 – Netafim will report publicly and annually on the achievement of those targets in our GRI and Communication on Progress reports

    • 2015 – In 2015 Netafim plans to target reductions on water consumption and waste. Netafim plans to transition to gas based energy in Israel sites and to solar powered energy for USA sites.

    • Supporting resources

      Supporting partnerships, data tracking, our happy and outstanding employees

      Sustainable Development Goals
      2. Zero hunger; 6. Clean water and sanitation; 7. Affordable and clean energy; 11. Sustainable cities and communities; 12. Responsible consumption and production; 13. Climate action; 14. Life below water; 15. Life on land
      Issue areas
      Biodiversity; Climate Change; Energy; Food and Agriculture; Principle 7; Principle 8; Principle 9; Water and Sanitation
      Industry sector(s) that apply to this commitment
      Agriculture and livestock; Construction & materials; Gas, water & multiutilities
      Country(s) where this commitment will be implemented
      GLOBAL

      Partners

      Open to additional partners

      This commitment is open to additional partners. Please contact naty.barak@netafim.com to indicate your interest.

      Names of committing organisations

      Note: All organisations listed above are accountable for the commitment made. These organisations are required to complete an annual communication on progress for the duration of the commitment, either jointly or individually, as laid out in the accountability section of the submission form.