Committed to operating sustainably and fostering a culture of sustainability
Electricity consumption matched with the purchase of renewable electricity in 2021
Launch a climate and sustainability awareness program for employees and leadership in 2022
95% reduction in scope 1 & 2 emissions by the end of 2030
50% reduction in scope 3 emissions by the end of 2030
Achieve net zero by 2040
We became carbon neutral in 2020, but we know we must do more. At the end of 2021, we transitioned our global operations to renewable electricity. This is the first step in our commitment towards achieving 95% reductions in our immediate, directly influenced emissions (scope 1 and 2), as well as a 50% reduction in our non-direct emissions (scope 3). We aim to do this by making our data centres and offices as efficient as possible, and by supporting those we work with (our vendors) to strengthen and achieve their carbon reduction goals.
Where we can't reduce our emissions further, we will support high quality carbon offset projects around the world, focusing on projects that remove carbon from the atmosphere.
But we can't do this without the help of all our employees, which is why we're developing a climate awareness programme to support us as we instill a culture of sustainability within our business. The programme will be rolled out in Q4 2021.
Over the years, there have been a number of definitions for net zero – with differing levels of accuracy and consistency. That's why we follow the most stringent of these definitions, set out by the Science Based Targets initiative in October 2021. In this definition, achieving net zero requires a gross emissions reduction of 95% and only allows offsetting for unmitigatable emissions (those that are totally unavoidable), and only through removal offsets – where carbon is removed from the atmosphere, not just avoided.
Science-based targets provide companies with a clearly-defined path to reduce emissions in line with the Paris Agreement goals. The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) which is a partnership between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, the World Resources Institute and the World Wide Fund for Nature defines and promotes best practice in emissions reductions and net zero targets in line with climate science. Targets are considered ‘science-based’ if they are in line with what the latest climate science deems necessary to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement – limiting global warming to well-below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C. More than 2,000 businesses around the world are already working with SBTi.