[Published on November 8, 2021]
The UN Climate Change Conference is meeting currently in Glasgow for COP26, and participating countries present their 2030 emissions reductions targets to ensure net-zero by 2050 (to comply with the 1.5° Celsius goal).
Companies are also part of the emission equation, and management and technology consultancy BearingPoint made emissions management a leadership task. It has formulated ambitious sustainability goals, one of which is the clear objective of reducing its 2019 firmwide emissions (its baseline year) by 50% by the end of 2025. BearingPoint said it is following the recommendations of the science-based target initiative (SBTi) and its 1.5° Celsius emission reduction path.
Though business trips are the most significant source of emissions for consultancies, BearingPoint also enriched its emissions' calculation to include offices, commuting and IT utilization to achieve a more holistic perspective on its emission footprint for SBTi-compliance. BearingPoint derives the amount of CO2 emissions from its business with the BearingPoint Emissions Calculator. Emissions will be reported in the BearingPoint Sustainability Report from now on.
To tackle global challenges like climate protection, companies must take responsibility. This goes together with clear goals – they create focus and are needed for continuous progress. At BearingPoint, we are therefore committed to an ambitious emissions reduction goal. A reduction of 50% of emissions comes with actual change – and I am sure that this is a change for the better from all perspectives. CO2e offsetting is what we need to do for the residual emissions.
Axelle Paquer, Member of BearingPoint Management Committee and Sustainability Sponsor of the Management Committee
The 50% reduction goal requires BearingPoint to avoid and reduce emissions where possible across the different sources of emissions. The firm is screening country conditions and project logics on their avoidance-reduction potential. Meanwhile, it is further committing to offsetting the residual overall CO2 emissions. In 2020, BearingPoint’s overall emissions amounted to 4,055 tons CO2e, which the firm offset by purchasing CO2 certificates from its innovative forest and peatland conservation and restoration partner, Forliance.
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