Climate Action

Burberry commits to reducing emissions with new Science-Based Target

Burberry has revealed their new Science Based Target to expand their ambition for a more sustainable future.

  • 25 June 2019
  • Rachel Cooper

Burberry has revealed their new Science Based Target to expand their ambition for a more sustainable future.

The high end fashion brand has set two new Science Based Targets, building on the environmental commitments made in their 2022 Responsibility strategy.

The first target is to reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions 95 per cent by 2025 from a 2016 base year. The second target is to reduce absolute scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions 30 per cent by 2030 from a 2016 base year.

The first goal will focus on covering greenhouse gas emissions from Burberry’s operations. The second goal will focus on indirect emissions in the company’s extended supply chain.

“The fashion industry’s environmental impact is significant and growing,” said Cynthia Cummis, Director of Private Sector Climate Mitigation at World Resources Institute (WRI), one of the Science Based Targets initiative partners. “Burberry’s ambitious science-based target demonstrates the leadership and innovation needed to succeed in a zero-carbon world.”

The first SBTi will help towards Burberry achieving their existing goal to become carbon neutral in their operational use by 2022. They are also on track to achieve their RE100 commitment and currently run on 58 per cent renewable energy.

Pam Batty, Burberry’s VP Corporate Responsibility, said: “At Burberry, we are passionate about building a more sustainable future and setting these new targets in line with the latest climate science is an important milestone for us. For the first time, we are setting targets for greenhouse gas emissions that apply to our extended supply chain, which is a significant addition to our already ambitious target of becoming carbon neutral in our own operational energy use by 2022.”