Dole Food Co. is looking to make its supply of bananas and pineapples from Costa Rica into North America and Europe “carbon neutral”.


The US-based group has pledged to set up a project with the Costa Rican government to offset the company’s carbon dioxide emissions.


Dole hopes more efficient transportation and changes to its agricultural processes will help cut its CO2 output.


Dole president and CEO David DeLorenzo said: “The environment is a concern for all of us. As the world’s largest producer and distributor of fruits and vegetables, Dole is determined to take the lead in its sector.”


Roberto Dobles, Costa Rica’s Minister of the Environment and Energy, said he hopes the country’s partnership with Dole would help it in its efforts to become “the first carbon neutral country in the world by 2021”.