Climate change is a significant issue for us and through our own actions we’re determined to do our part to help achieve global climate change targets.
That's why in June 2020, we pledged to accelerate the delivery of the Paris Climate Change Agreement to keep global warming to below 1.5°C. We have committed to reduce carbon emissions from our sites by 65% and to power our operations with 100% renewable electricity by 2030, with the ambition of net zero carbon emissions by 2040 - a decade ahead of the world’s goal of 2050.
In recent years, we have focused on understanding where our climate impacts lie and where we can make the biggest difference. We have reduced greenhouse gas emissions from our manufacturing by 42% since 2012. We are also pushing the boundaries of innovation as we design our products to use less energy throughout their life cycle.
Read our Insight into how we are reducing our emissions and impact on climate change
The roof-top solar system at our production facility at Mauripur, Pakistan reduces reliance on the mains supply and diesel generators, cutting our carbon footprint at the site by 23 tonnes a year.
This renewable energy source came online in May 2019 and will pay back the investment in the panels in only 4.5 years, as well as representing an important step towards meeting our renewable energy and carbon commitments
New renewable technology has dramatically reduced the carbon footprint of the Shashi plant in China.
Rather than the old water heating boilers needed for the production process, the plant now pre-heats water with solar energy during the day and heat pumps at night. This has reduced natural gas consumption, saving money, energy and 12 tonnes of GHG emissions per year.
Since joining RE100, we are on a mission to switch to 100% renewable energy. This can often be challenging when there is not a good supply of renewable electrical power. To solve this problem at one of our largest sites at Sitarganj, India, we increased our investment in on-site solar.
This will power the site and provide hot water. Ultimately, combined with the renewable electricity we buy, Sitarganj’s energy supply is now 100% from renewable sources. This is crucial in combatting climate change, as electricity usage is one of our largest sources of carbon emissions at our sites.