SSE has joined the Race to Zero campaign, making a commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 “at the latest”.
The energy company has set a science-based target, putting its operations in line with the ambition to limit global warming to 1.5ºC.
SSE is already investing £7.5 billion in low carbon energy and electricity infrastructure over the next five years, including building the world’s largest offshore wind farm at Dogger Bank, Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm at Seagreen and the UK’s largest onshore wind farm in Viking on the Shetland Islands.
Martin Pibworth, Energy Director at SSE said: “Preventing climate change is the responsibility of everyone.
“At SSE, we have pinned our business future on providing the low carbon infrastructure that helps the UK and Ireland achieve their climate targets. But we must have our own house in order too. That’s why SSE is today, committing to achieve net zero carbon emissions from all of our business operations by 2050 at the latest.
“With less than 12 months until the pivotal international climate negotiations at COP26 in Glasgow, we hope many more businesses will join the Race to Zero and support greater global climate action.”