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Sodexo among the first to achieve SBTi validation on net-zero target

Published 10th August, 2022 by Neil Nixon

Sodexo among the first to achieve SBTi validation on net-zero target

Sodexo’s near and long-term science-based emissions reduction targets have been validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), as the business prioritises decarbonisation to reach net-zero emissions and reduce its impact on climate change.

SBTi validated its net-zero science-based target by 2045 and long-term science-based target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 90% across all scopes 1, 2 and 3 by 2045. This long-term science-based target, set against a baseline of 2017, incorporates emissions created throughout Sodexo’s value chain, including its supply chain and client sites, and not just those produced by its direct operations (often known as scope 1 and 2).

In the last six months, Sodexo has made considerable progress with its net-zero targets by achieving the following: deploying a carbon trajectory tool to identify measurable steps to achieve its near and long-term science-based targets; progressing its 2022 commitment to procure 100% renewable electricity; conducting detailed energy efficiency audits across 98% of its direct operations; deploying Sodexo’s food waste prevention programme, WasteWatch, to more Sodexo client sites. The programme now covers 46% of raw material spent within its UK&I business; launching a 100% electric vehicle and hybrid company car policy in the UK; increasing plant-based menu options across its food service and catering operations; and engaging key supply chain partners on net-zero and conducting a survey to understand its GHG emission reduction targets and commitments.

Claire Atkins-Morris, director of corporate responsibility, Sodexo UK & Ireland, said: “Not all net-zero commitments are created equal. We are incredibly proud to be one of such a small number of organisations to have our targets validated by the SBTi’s rigorous process. We recognise that the only way to keep 1.5°C in sight is one that prioritises emissions reductions, both in the near and long-term. SBTi’s careful and high-quality analysis of our emissions goals will support us in delivering Sodexo’s ambitious net-zero commitments."

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