Our first comprehensive strategy to respond to the climate and nature emergency was released in April 2021. We call it Goal 13 in recognition of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, of which Goal 13 is climate action.
We have set a clear objective for carbon reduction:
To transition to net zero, accelerating progress to significantly reduce carbon emissions by 2030 in line with a science-based target pathway, compensating for residual emissions through potential high-impact climate and nature actions that deliver long-lasting, quality results alongside environmental and social benefits.
Goal 13 also takes into account our broader environmental impacts recognising that the excessive consumption of precious resources contributes to effects such as pollution and the loss of wildlife and wild places, as well as to climate change itself.
Our sustainable workplaces plan will help us make positive changes in important areas including reductions in water consumption, waste, and single use plastic, building on existing good practice already taking place in our business.
While we currently report in line with the government’s policy on Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting (SECR), our ambition is to fully account and disclose all three scopes of emissions to an internationally recognised standard, accompanied by full identification of our climate-related risks, opportunities and strategies.
While undertaking the groundworks for this, we're endeavouring to immediately reduce our Scope 1 and 2 emissions as part of our 'get our house in order' first approach.