E-commerce company eBay’s ambition to reduce its own emissions by 90% by 2030 has been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
It has also set a goal to cut value chain, i.e. Scope 3, emissions from downstream transportation and distribution by 20% during the same period, which represents the transportation of the goods shipped using its platform.
In addition to the science-based target, eBay has made a commitment to ensure its offices and data centres are carbon neutral by the end of 2021.
Some of the steps taken by the company to reduce its environmental impact include reducing overall energy use, switching to renewable energy sources, reducing water usage and waste diversion.
In 2020, eBay sourced 74% of its electricity supply from renewable energy, up from 66% in 2019.
Its San Jose headquarters is 100% powered by renewable energy, with a target to cover 100% of its operations by 2025.
Renee Morin, Chief Sustainability Officer at eBay said: “At eBay, we believe we have an urgent and important responsibility to mitigate the impact of climate change.
“We are committed to ambitious action and the approval of our science-based target along with our accelerated carbon neutrality goal are critical to the work we are doing to have real, measurable impact.”