ISS UK & Ireland has launched its new net-zero strategy to achieve challenging carbon emission reduction targets across the group in line with its science-based targets commitment.
The company set the strategy in place on World Environment Day (5 June), to demonstrate to clients that the journey to a low-carbon future is within reach of all organisations. The FM provider initially announced its sustainability target in its Corporate Responsibility Report for 2020.
ISS managed to meet its 2022 carbon reduction target early in 2020 and the latest targets outlined are to reach net-zero for scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030, and identify and measure scope 3 emissions by 2022.
Liz Benison, CEO, ISS UK & Ireland, explained: “We have made great progress in delivering energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions both for our own organisation and for our customers. We in FM must, however, lead by example and do more. Therefore, to achieve net-zero for our own emissions is our next responsible action and is aligned with the global strategy for ISS worldwide. ”
As far as scope 1&2 net-zero targets for 2030, the group anticipates achieving net-zero on its 2019 baseline by initiating the following actions:
- Company cars will be all-electric or hydrogen by late 2025 (the new policy for UK & Ireland will be launched by Q3 2021);
- All commercial vehicles will be electric or hydrogen by 2030;
- A review of all heating/cooling/energy-consuming systems in its offices will be carried out to optimise performance and create energy-saving opportunities; and
- To continue procurement of renewable electricity.
The group said the strategy would also address other actions to minimise carbon emissions and offsetting any residual emissions will be the last resort in order to achieve a net-zero footprint.
ISS has begun identifying and measuring scope 3 emissions and is committed to establishing a baseline for all categories by 2022. Once this is done, ISS said it could “set more action plans, reduction targets and align targets at a global level to ensure that it reaches its goal as a global organisation”.
Tim Proctor, ISS UK & Ireland’s director of health, safety, environment, quality & corporate responsibility, said: “By launching our own net-zero strategy to highlight World Environment Day, we are making a clear statement on our position to create a strategy that supports the world we live in. And in doing so, share the ambitious targets and bold actions on climate change expected of us by all of our stakeholders – from our customers and investors through to our communities.”
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