At the launch of our new Low Carbon Pledge in March we heard from an excellent panel of speakers who spoke about their top tips for moving to science-based targets for the creation of a low carbon economy.
Gill Higgins, Head of Sustainability, Dawn Meats Group, spoke about the company’s climate vision around science-based targets and the learning process. The company has signed up to the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi), with its targets being approved in 2019.
As part of the discussion, Gill shared several top tips for setting science-based targets and establishing a solid plan:
Sarah Dempsey, Head of Sustainability Communications & Partnerships, AIB told us how sustainability is core to the bank’s strategy. Delivering its strategy starts from the inside out. The bank has set a commitment to become carbon neutral using a net zero approach by 2030, having already reduced its carbon emissions by 40% since 2014.
It is also on the Leadership Rating CDP, A rated for the last five years. The bank has 4000 suppliers and has established a ‘responsible supplier code’ that sets out expectations of suppliers to AIB to bring them along on the journey to transitioning to a low carbon economy.
Here are some of Sarah’s top tips:
Andrew Flynn, General Manager, Janssen Pharmaceutical Sciences said Johnson & Johnson have set out an ambitious goal to achieve carbon neutrality across all their organisations. To meet this, the organisation has begun aggressively accelerating its targeting for 100% renewable electricity throughout their global operations, with the aim to have reached that goal by 2025. In addition, Johnson & Johnson is aiming to reduce its upstream carbon footprint by 20% by 2030.
There are clear similarities between the top tips outlined by all speakers, with Andrew echoing both Gill and Sarah.
Here are some of Andrew’s top tips:
Hear more tips in in the low carbon pledge event video.
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