Name: Chris Miller-Jones
Job Title: Director - Sustainability
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Pledge Net Zero
24 August 2020
In January 2020, BWB became a signatory to the Pledge to Net Zero, joining other organisations in the environmental services sector in taking a leading role in delivering on the UK’s target of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Since then we have been working hard to gather data and calculate our carbon footprint for 2019, our baseline year. We are now able to announce our first significant step on our road to net zero by committing to science-based targets to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030 from our 2019 base year.
Our ambitious targets cover direct greenhouse gas emissions from our company vehicles and the air conditioning systems within our control (scope 1) and the indirect emissions from the electricity used in our offices (scope 2). As over 50% of our carbon emissions are associated with business travel (scope 3), we have also set ourselves the same challenging target to reduce our scope 3 emissions by 30% by 2030.
The targets were developed using the SBTI’s Science-based Targets Setting Tool and align with the well below 2-degree (WB2C) global warming scenario set out in the Paris Agreement.
Chris Miller-Jones (Director Sustainability) commented, "I am excited to be joining BWB as it takes its first steps along the route to achieving a net zero future. This decade is a crucial time for tackling climate change, and I am proud that BWB is committed to making significant reductions to its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030."
We will now be developing plans for achieving our targets and we have already made some positive changes, for example in switching some of our company and pool cars to hybrid and electric models. We have also identified other areas we want to target, such as reducing business mileage. We also want to do some further work to understand our indirect (scope 3) GHG emissions, particularly those associated with employee commuting, but we would also love to hear your ideas. We need everyone in the business to get behind the Pledge and support our efforts to reduce our emissions; we can’t do it without you. If you have any ideas for how we can reduce our carbon footprint or improve our environmental performance in other ways, please let us know by completing this short form.
2020 will be an extraordinary year on so many levels. COVID 19 has brought huge challenges and been a tragedy for many, however some of the changes to our daily life brought about by necessity in the fight against the pandemic have resulted in some visible improvements to the environment. As a business we have embraced the use of technology enabling us to continue working effectively despite the restrictions on travel and social distancing requirements. We will undoubtedly see a marked reduction in our emissions compared to 2019 as a result when we report on our progress at the beginning of next year. It is important that we build on the positive opportunities for improvements in the way we work as we seek to make meaningful reductions in the impact of our operations on the environment.