Another step in our commitment to sustainability: Science-based targets

March 17, 2021

RSK has joined the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) as a further step along the way in its sustainability journey. The SBTi commits companies to setting science-based targets to create a clearly defined pathway to a reduction in emissions, in line with the Paris Agreement. This comes just weeks after RSK signed the Pledge to Net Zero, an initiative that commits organisations from the environmental sector to a leadership role in the transition towards a net-zero-carbon economy.

By signing up to SBTi, RSK commits to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, thus helping to prevent the worst impacts of climate change while future-proofing business growth. Targets are considered to be science-based if they are in line with the latest climate science on meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement: limiting global warming to well below 2°C more than pre-industrial levels; preferably below 1.5°C more. RSK is currently establishing its own specific targets and will announce these in the coming months.

“As the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November is inspiring environmental action, 2021 is the perfect year to take our sustainability commitments one step further,” comments RSK Climate Change and Sustainability Director Garry Charnock. “We are proud of the actions we are taking to help the UK reach net zero by 2050 and we invite other companies to do the same. We must act now in order to meet these targets: we all have a part to play in achieving this goal.”

Climate Action

RSK’s ongoing commitment to sustainability is outlined in one of its underlying principles that was established more than 25 years ago: promoting the concept of sustainability in all that we do. RSK’s annual sustainability report, first published in 2017, has developed this concept and identifies the steps the business is taking to manage its corporate responsibility, occupational health and well-being, carbon footprint and socio-economic impacts on the communities in which it operates. In 2019, RSK furthered these commitments with its sustainability route map that demonstrated the company’s longer-term goals and performance objectives and its commitment to the UN sustainable development goals. In the same year, RSK switched its UK utilities contract to SSE Green, a new initiative from SSE Business Energy that guarantees all the electricity it supplies will originate from renewable sources with a zero-emission rating. In addition, RSK has replaced boilers, upgraded fleet vehicles and installed charging points for electric cars at many offices. This year, the company has signed the Pledge to Net Zero, committed to the SBTi, will be setting its own science-based targets and will join hundreds of organisations at COP26 in Glasgow in November.

“Fundamentally, we recognise that, as the world continues to wake up to the severity of the climate crisis, a business like RSK, with sustainability at its heart, must play a leading role in society’s response to the climate crisis,” continues Garry. “This will enable us to better manage risks and to respond to the opportunities associated with the transition to a net-zero economy.”

RSK Chief Executive Officer Alan Ryder adds, “We have a responsibility to protect the environment, to reduce our carbon footprint and to support the UN sustainable development goals. Our commitment to the SBTi is part of our dedication to that responsibility.”

Look out for more information, coming in the near future, on the targets that RSK sets. For more information on how RSK can make your business more sustainable, please contact Garry Charnock.