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Achieving net-zero is “at the heart of all decision making” says Ground Control

by | 11 Jan 24 | News, Supplier News, Sustainability

Ground Control’s continued commitment to reaching net-zero has been recognised by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

The company is on course to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2038- 12 years ahead of the official target date set by the Government.

Reduction targets submitted by the maintenance and biodiversity company show a predicted 90% cut in its direct emissions by the end of the decade.

The remaining 95% emerge from its supply chain, with the biggest source attributed to its field teams (43%), the purchasing of goods and services (32%), and operational waste (10%).

Jason Knight, managing director at Ground Control accredits the company’s commitment to achieving net-zero by 2038 to its “dedication to leave the world in a better place than we found it.”

He goes on to acknowledge the “incredibly challenging” nature of the company’s targets, but combats this by saying; “We are acutely aware of the need to act quickly. We now have a much better understanding of what it means to be net-zero and what we need to do to achieve it.

“We are taking on this challenge by placing net-zero at the heart of all our decision making.”

Ground Control’s commitment to biodiversity and nature includes the opening of its Centres for Environmental Recovery – Wildfell in 2022, and Devana in 2023 along with achieving B Corp status.

The company has established several near term and long term targets in its journey to achieving net-zero.

Near term goals are reducing absolute scope one and two emissions 90% by FYE 2030 from a FYE 2021 base year and reducing absolute scope three GHG emissions 42% by FYE 2030 from a FYE 2021 base year.

Long term goals are reaching net-zero GHG emissions across the value chain by FYE 2038, reducing absolute scope one, two and three emissions 90% by FYE 2038 from a FYE 2021 base year, and maintain at least 90% absolute scope one and two GHG emission reductions from 2030 through to 2050.

The SBTi provides a defined pathway for companies to reduce carbon emissions, with science-based targets to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement- limiting global warming to 1.5oC above pre-industrial levels.

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