Food delivery platform Delivery Hero has marked a new climate milestone by transforming its operation in Latin America to carbon-neutral from January onwards.

The company, which turned its operations in Europe to carbon-neutral last year, intends to expand the initiative globally by the end of this year with the aim of offsetting 100% of its carbon footprint.

The initiative is said to be part of the company’s environmental commitments and contributes to the EU Climate Target Plan 2030.

Delivery Hero CEO and co-founder Niklas Östberg said: “We are proud to have achieved carbon neutrality in all our European and Latin American markets in such a short period of time. Delivery Hero needs to set aspiring goals and encourage other companies to join the climate protection efforts.

“We want to build a company that the next generation can be proud of, and by taking responsibility for our greenhouse gas emissions, we can contribute to a more sustainable future for our customers and communities around the world.”

Delivery Hero said it has offset 215,378t of CO2 equivalent since the rollout of its carbon neutrality programme in 2019.

This includes emissions from operational activities such as deliveries, food packaging, Dmart grocery items, as well as from its office environments, including energy consumption, procurement activities, and business travel.

Additionally, the company has financed a range of certified climate projects across Europe, Latin America and Asia as part of its carbon neutrality programme.

This is said to include rainforest protection in Peru and renewable energy projects in Bulgaria, China and India.

Delivery Hero CSR and Safety Sustainability director Jeffrey Oatham commented: “Being carbon-neutral globally by the end of 2021 is an important part of our ambitions, but not the end of our journey.

“We are committed to creating a more sustainable delivery ecosystem by constantly introducing industry-leading standards, including addressing our carbon footprint and plastic waste.”

Delivery Hero said it has partnered with South Pole, an adviser and provider of global climate services, to measure and offset its emissions.

Earlier this month, Delivery Hero launched an independently managed venture capital fund with the aim of investing in disruptive founder-led companies.