In June, parliament approved an amendment to the Climate Change Act 2008, which aims to put the UK on course to deliver a near 100% cut in emissions by the middle of the century.
Climate Change Act 2008
01 May 2014
Yesterday, organisations in the environment sector launched the Pledge to Net Zero initiative, making it the first industry commitment in the UK requiring “credible science-based approaches to tackle greenhouse gas emissions” within their organisations.
The initiative is being led by the Society for the Environment (SocEnv), the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) and IEMA, together with leading environmental consultancies WSP and AECOM.
As part of their pledges, the organisations have committed to deliver a greenhouse gas target in line with either a 1.5°C or well below 2°C climate change scenario – covering buildings and travel as a minimum.
They must also publicly report greenhouse gas emissions and progress against this target each year and publish one piece of research or “thought-leadership piece” annually on practical steps to deliver a net zero greenhouse gas economy.
The Pledge to Net Zero initiative is open until 31 January 2020, with organisations asked to report back their performance on their commitment by the end of December 2020.
Martin Baxter, chief policy advisor for IEMA said: “The transition to net zero carbon emissions is the defining challenge of our time.
“We are fully supportive of the environmental services sector pledging science-based emissions reductions which align with the urgency of addressing the climate and environmental emergency.”
Companies wishing to be part of the commitment can make their pledge with director support here.