Sodexo has announced a comprehensive roadmap to net zero and decarbonisation of the business in the UK and Ireland.
The organisation, which provides a diverse range of services to large business and public sector clients, has been working with international experts, the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), to ensure that its net zero strategy is thorough, impactful and transparent.
The organisation previously set a goal of cutting its carbon footprint by 34% by 2025. However, having exceeded that target already this year it has published a series of updated objectives.
Sodexo has been working with SBTi as one of 80 companies chosen to road-test the target validation criteria and guidance for SBTi’s upcoming Net-Zero Standard.
The SBTi drives ambitious climate action by enabling companies to set science-based emissions reduction targets, in line with a 1.5-degree future.
Sodexo’s original Group target – validated by SBTi – to reduce carbon emissions by 34% by 2025 (against a 2017 baseline) formed part of Sodexo’s Better Tomorrow commitment.
Having already exceeded this, the UK and Ireland business – which employs in excess of 30,000 people – will now set its sights on becoming carbon neutral in its direct operations by 2025.
The next step on Sodexo roadmap will be to reduce carbon emissions across all three scopes by 55% by 2030.
The inclusion of every single component of the business’ operations across scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions has enabled Sodexo UK&I to achieve SBTi validation once again for this near-term target.
The final step is a decarbonisation of the entire business, with 90% of all carbon emissions cut across all three scopes – accounting for suppliers and client sites, not just direct operations.
This long-term target – to be achieved no later than 2045 – will be submitted for review by the SBTi with validation to be confirmed and announced in early 2022.
Claire Atkins-Morris, director of corporate responsibility at Sodexo UK & Ireland, said: “Not all net zero commitments are created equal. This is a hugely complex topic, and it has been critically important to us throughout the process of creating this carbon reduction roadmap that we are committing to something that is truly meaningful, and that we are absolutely transparent in this.
“It may seem cautious, but we want to be crystal clear in how we are tackling climate change, setting an achievable target that we can be confident we can monitor and measure. We would rather be conservative today and exceed our goals tomorrow – and this is what our roadmap ensures.”
At the heart of Sodexo’s roadmap to net zero is the aim to reduce its own carbon footprint, leaving a maximum of 10% emissions, before neutralising the impact of any source of residual emissions that cannot be eliminated through permanent carbon dioxide removals.
Sodexo’s carbon reduction plan, which will enable the organisation to achieve these goals, includes:
– The launch of a 100% hybrid and electric vehicle company car policy.
– Ongoing membership of the Climate Group’s RE100 initiative and procuring 100% renewable electricity by 2022.
– Switching to 100% reusable, recyclable and compostable packaging by 2025.
– Increasing the number of plant-based meals and recipes to 33% by 2025.
– Tackling food waste at all appropriate sites through its WasteWatch powered by LeanPath programme and reducing food waste by 50% by 2025.
– A thorough responsible sourcing strategy that facilities better working with suppliers.
– Working with clients to achieve net zero collaboratively.