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Pledge to Net Zero reports latest impact figures

The environmental industry’s flagship programme for reducing greenhouse gas emissions is pleased to share an impact update.

Pledge to Net Zero

Pledge to Net Zero, the environmental industry’s flagship programme for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, is proud to announce that its members have collectively reduced emissions by over one million tonnes from their baseline year.

​Pledge To Net Zero is the environmental industry’s flagship initiative driving rapid action on greenhouse gas emissions. It engages organisations to lead in transitioning to a Net Zero carbon economy, setting science-based targets aligned with the 1.5°C climate change scenario. SocEnv is one of the founding signatories of Pledge to Net Zero and is a secretariat member of its steering group.

​Examples of individual actions taken by large and small organisations within the Pledge to Net Zero membership to reach this achievement include considering environmental performance when selecting new offices, removing plastic wrapping from company journals to achieve significant carbon reductions, training the supply chain on low-carbon practices, and introducing carbon levies to discourage high-carbon business travel.

​In 2023, the Pledge to Net Zero initiative saw its membership grow to nearly 200 companies, encompassing a diverse range of businesses from large enterprises to micro-businesses, primarily operating within the UK and Ireland.

​This year’s reports demonstrates that measuring and tackling Scope 3 emissions continues to be a priority. Whilst there is plenty of visible progress, notably from large companies, supporting smaller companies who have limited resource to act in these areas is important.

From a small start, it’s fantastic to see the environmental sector being a role model for and sharing expertise.

​David Symons CEnv
Founder of Pledge to Net Zero and Head of Sustainability at WSP

We know that businesses want to play their part towards achieving net zero, but sometimes don’t know how this can be achieved in practice. The figures released today show the vital role that collaborative, science-based initiatives like Pledge to Net Zero have, in realising climate commitments through tangible change.

Dr. Emma Wilcox CEnv
Chief Executive of the Society for the Environment

The Pledge to Net Zero asks signatories to commit to targets, report on their emissions, and set the standard for others to follow, by publishing thought leadership pieces or by supporting smaller businesses. The fantastic results show real commitment from the sector and prove that these are not empty pledges.

Chloë Fiddy
Senior Policy and Engagement Lead, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)
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