Agria Pet Insurance is claiming a UK first for pet insurers by becoming climate positive on Earth Day 2022 (April 22).
The milestone – which means that Agria is removing more CO2 from the atmosphere than it is putting in – comes a year to the day after it became carbon neutral on Earth Day 2021.
Agria’s positive status is backed by a Carbon Positive Report, which provides evidence of the achievement. To date, the company has implemented a number of initiatives resulting in reduced carbon emissions including introducing a Go Green paperless drive in May 2020, saving two million sheets of paper; supporting projects to provide clean water in Laos; and helping to preserve an environmentally-critical area of the Amazon.
Agria has also launched a new sustainability pledge in order to “provide a legacy of love for pets and their places”. The pledge signifies a commitment from Agria across three key areas – to preserve the environment; protect pets that need help; and prevent pet suffering and ill-health.
Chief executive Vicki Wentworth said: “Officially becoming carbon positive is a truly significant moment for us – as a business, as animal lovers and as pet owners – but, of course, our pledge to the environment doesn’t end here. We will continue innovating to ensure our carbon footprint reduces still further.
“Every one of us, in and around Agria, has been part of this journey in one way, or another. We are immensely proud to have achieved this momentous step, in such an incredibly short period of time.”