From Burger King to Whitbread – Business giants mark Earth Day with new climate targets
22nd April 2021 | Recycling
All announcements are separate to the news on Wednesday (21 April) that more than 50 firms have signed up to Amazon and Global Optimism’s Climate Pledge and that 160 financial organisations will partake in a new Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net-Zero chaired by Mark Carney.
- Burger King: Burger King’s UK business has had new carbon reduction goals through to 2030 approved by the Science-Based Targets initiative in line with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5C trajectory. The restaurant chain will strive to reach net-zero operational (Scope 1) and power-related (Scope 2) emissions this decade. It will also cut Scope 3 (indirect) emissions by 41%, against a 2019 baseline.
- Berry Global: Similarly, US-based packaging firm Berry Global announced that the SBTi has verified new targets to reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 25% and supply chain emissions by 8% by 2025, against a 2019 baseline year.
- Cisco: Cisco is one of the world’s biggest hardware, software and telecoms firms, but edie has not received many sustainability-related announcements in recent months. Cisco had already pledged to source 85% of electricity, globally, from renewables by 2022, and to reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 60% by 2022 against a 2007 baseline.
- Centrica: Centrica set a 2045 net-zero target for its own business last month. It has today built on this pledge with a commitment to help all customers lead net-zero lives by 2050.
Focus areas will include accelerating electric vehicle charging infrastructure deployment and helping business and domestic customers to transition to low-carbon heat.
- Dell: ICT giant Dell’s 2030 business coals include an aim to halve Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030. This is backed up by pledges to source 75% of electricity from renewable sources and to reduce the energy intensity of the product portfolio by 80%. All goals have a 2012 baseline.
- Fora: The past 12 months have undeniably required sizeable changes for businesses across the value chain of office workplaces. It is heartening to see so many firms linking the trend towards flexible and remote working with the development of spaces that are more sustainable for people and the planet, as well as financially.
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