Husqvarna Group recently became the first Swedish-listed company and the world’s first forest and garden company to have its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.
The Science Based Target initiative works with companies to set ambitious emission reduction targets, consistent with the global effort to keep temperature increases well below 2 degrees Celsius, one of the key goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. The initiative is a collaboration of The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), UN Global Compact, CDP and World Resources Institute (WRI).
The Husqvarna Group has committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 10 percent across the company’s value chain by 2020 from a base year of 2015. The absolute greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by 33 percent by 2035, also from a base year of 2015.*
“Our greenhouse gas reduction targets are ambitious, measurable and now also independently approved,” said Kai Wärn, CEO and president of Husqvarna Group. “We aim to reduce our emissions throughout the value chain – from our suppliers to the use of our products. Delivering on these targets not only strengthens our business, it delivers value to employees, customers and investors alike. Setting the targets and getting approval by the Science Based Targets initiative, demonstrates that we’re serious and committed to contributing to a low-carbon future.”
Lila Karbassi, chief, programmes, UN Global Compact, one of the Science Based Targets initiative partners, said, “Husqvarna Group has recognized the opportunity – and the imperative – to be part of the transition to the low-carbon economy. By having their ambitious target approved, they now have a clearly defined pathway to cut their emissions, and this will help future-proof their growth. Other companies that have set targets have seen benefits, including increased innovation, reduced regulatory uncertainty, strengthened investor confidence, and improved profitability and competitiveness. We encourage other companies to follow Husqvarna’s lead.”
Husqvarna Group will reduce greenhouse gases across the value chain by:
- Shift from petrol to battery products
- Innovative solutions for efficiency improvement of petrol-driven products
- Production close to customers & direct distribution
- Efficient transportation by optimized packaging
- Waste reduction through a lean operating system
- Utilizing renewable electricity and/or own generated energy by solar panels
- Embedding the TOP 150 suppliers into the Group’s CO2 program to ensure full value chain impact
For more information about the Science Based Targets initiative, visit www.sciencebasedtargets.org.
*Husqvarna AB commits to reduce scope 1 and scope 2 emissions 30 percent per unit of value added by 2020 from a 2015 base-year. In addition, the company commits to reduce scope 3 emissions 10 percent per unit of value added within the same timeframe (purchased goods and services, transportation, and product use emissions). This is a milestone in the long-term goal to reduce absolute scope 3 emissions from the use of their products 33 percent by 2035 from a 2015 base-year.