Carbon Trust launches new Route to Net Zero Standard

A total of 10 companies, including PwC, Sainsbury’s, SGN, Severn Trent Water and Virgin Media O2, have signed up to the standard

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A new Route to Net Zero Standard has been launched by the Carbon Trust to help businesses in achieving their science-based targets towards a net zero carbon future.

A total of 10 companies, including PwC, Sainsbury’s, SGN, Severn Trent Water and Virgin Media O2, have signed up to the standard.

They will be supported in the development and evolution of their action plans, helping to measure and manage their emissions, inform carbon reduction strategies and align future targets.

The certification, which includes three tiers – taking action, advancing and leading – will recognise an organisation’s progress on their route to net zero, with companies receiving tailored support to boost their climate ambition over time and guidance on how to align to science-based targets and best practices.

Businesses will also receive support on communicating their progress to stakeholders through marketing communication resources.

Patrick Dunne, Director of Property and Procurement at Sainsbury’s said: “We’re really proud to be the only retailer and one of the first organisations to sign up to the Carbon Trust’s new Route to Net Zero Standard. We’re committed to reaching our newly accelerated target to be net zero by 2035 in our own operations and believe that external verification and guidance from industry leaders like the Carbon Trust will help us to plan our route there at the speed and scale needed.

“As an early adopter of the new standard and a named Pathfinder, we look forward to partnering with the Carbon Trust to advance not only our own progress, but to lead the way for others towards a decarbonised future.”

The Carbon Trust’s digital platform will evolve to support companies with their carbon footprint, setting targets and value chain analysis.

Tom Delay, Chief Executive at the Carbon Trust added: “Tackling the climate crisis is the most critical environmental issue of our time, requiring businesses to both act and collaborate to elicit change and achieve success. The new Route to Net Zero Standard will inspire and foster immediate and longer term action by supporting companies as they create and deliver on their roadmaps to reduce carbon emissions, certifying and celebrating their achievements as they progress.

“We are delighted to have ten pathfinder partners already committed to the new standard and look forward to our continued collaboration on their journeys to Net Zero.”

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