We are delighted to announce that our ambitious plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2040 in scope 1,2 and 3 has been approved by the Science Based Target initiative, making us one of only 4,000 companies worldwide to have accreditation. The Science Based Target initiative is a global body enabling businesses to set ambitious emissions reductions targets in line with the latest climate science.
Science-based targets provide a clearly defined pathway for companies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, helping prevent the worst impacts of climate change and future-proof business growth.
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 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
As an organisation we have committed to reduce our absolute scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions, direct emissions from energy consumption, by 70% by FY2030 from a FY2019 base year and to reduce absolute scope 3 emissions, indirect emissions predominantly from our supply chain, by 28% within the same timeframe. In addition, we have committed to reduce absolute scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions by 90% by FY2040 from a FY2019 base year.
We have a number of initiatives underway to deliver this aim including:
- Reduction of energy consumption
- Electrification of kitchens
- Roll out of solar panels
- Alternatives to gas boilers
- Supplier engagement to reduce the emissions of the products we buy
- Menu and food development designed to reduce environmental impact
In FY 2023 we delivered an 11% reduction in our total footprint, including scope 1, 2 and 3. We will keep you updated on the progress on these initiatives and of our ongoing emission reduction.
Thanks to everyone for their contributions in reducing the environmental impact of our business.