Pledge to Net Zero
I have worked in the environmental management field for nearly 25 years. It is my mission & my passion. It’s tough going, but I am hopeful for the future. More & more people are aware of environmental issues & the need to act urgently.
Many organisations recognise that we are in a Climate and Environmental Emergency, with time running out to address the many challenges that lie in front of us.
In June 2019 the UK Government committed to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to Net Zero by 2050. This is hugely important step but we need to turn policy into action – organisations large & small play a huge role. Indeed, the UK’s commitment comes at a time where more than four-fifths of the world’s largest companies are unlikely to meet the targets set out in the Paris Climate Agreement to limit rising temperatures to 1.5oC of pre-industrialised levels by 2050.
The ‘Pledge to Net Zero‘ has been established to commit organisations from the environmental sector to take a leadership role in the transition to a Net Zero carbon economy.
This is being led by my professional institute IEMA and the Society for the Environment SocEnv.
Pledge signatories commit to:
- Set and commit to deliver a greenhouse gas target in line with either a 1.5oC or well below 2oC climate change scenario – covering buildings and travel as a minimum.
- Publicly report greenhouse gas emissions and progress against this target each year.
- Publish one piece of research/thought-leadership each year on practical steps to delivering an economy in line with climate science and in support of net zero carbon. Alternatively, signatories may choose to provide mentoring and support for smaller signatory companies in setting targets, reporting and meeting the requirements of the pledge.
I am pleased to say that Eshcon has signed the Pledge to Net Zero.
I join other companies such as WSP, Temple & AECOM. Although mine is a micro company (it’s just me!) with minimal impacts, it is still important to show leadership in the race to Net Zero.
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