Chr. Hansen has worked successfully with carbon intensity targets across its operations for many years. But with the urgency of climate change, stepping up on climate action to reflect the climate science and the pledge of the Paris agreement is a natural step-up for a company whose business is built on science and innovation.
In November 2021, the Science Based Targets initiative approved Chr. Hansen’s 2030 targets, and we have now embarked on a focused decarbonization journey. Under the program Think Climate. Naturally., our science-based targets guide our strategy to reduce our carbon footprint across our global operations and supply chain.
42% reduction of greenhouse gases by 2030
Scopes 1 and 2 cover the direct emissions from Chr. Hansen’s own operations and the indirect emissions associated with its consumption of grid-supplied energy – a 1.5 degree aligned reduction pathway.
Emissions across scopes 1 and 2 make up 13% of Chr. Hansen’s total greenhouse gas emissions for the financial year 2020/21.
20% reduction of greenhouse gases by 2030
Scope 3 covers the indirect emissions associated with activities across the entire value chain, from the sourcing of raw materials to the transportation of products and employee commuting.
Emissions across scope 3 make up 87% of Chr. Hansen’s total greenhouse gas emissions for the financial year 2020/21.
Our targets convey an important message to employees, customer and suppliers – that we need to think climate in everything we do. In processes, plant design, purchase decisions, selection of suppliers, in investments and in our innovation.
What are Science Based Targets?
The Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) is a collaboration between the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI), the Climate Disclosure Project and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to drive ambitious corporate climate action.
The targets are based on current climate science and projections of what’s known as the ‘emissions budget’ – the emissions permitted keeping increase in global temperatures within the limits set by the Paris Agreement in 2015.