Australia’s Brambles commits to net zero emissions by 2040

Its commitment consists of two main milestones, including a 42% reduction in absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions and a 17% fall in absolute Scope 3 emissions, by 2030

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Brambles, an Australian company specialising in the pooling of unit-load equipment, pallets, crates and containers, have announced its commitment to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.

Its commitment consists of two main milestones, including a 42% reduction in absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions, i.e. emissions generated from the consumption of fuels and purchased grid electricity in its own operations, by 2030, compared to 2020 levels,.

It is also aiming for a 17% fall in absolute Scope 3 emissions, which includes value chain emissions from purchased capital goods, upstream and downstream transportation and distribution, waste generated in operation and outsourced service centres, representing more than 90% of Scope 3 emissions.

Brambles intends to achieve its targets through various measures, including using renewable energy to power its own and subcontracted sites, deploying alternative fuels and zero-emission transport technologies such as electric and hydrogen as well as supporting a supplier engagement programme for vendors with carbon accounting and targeting setting.

In addition, it aims to reduce the volume of waste and divert it from landfill and explore carbon insetting opportunities.

Marisa Sánchez Urrea, Brambles’ Global Supply Chain Decarbonisation Director said: “Our roadmap to net zero emissions by 2040, collaboratively developed with all our regions and constructed firmly around approved SBTis, will provide our business with longer term strategic direction and will help retain our leadership position in sustainability.

“We have identified the decarbonisation levers at our disposal, but also the key enablers that will allow us to achieve our targets, in particular having a supportive policy environment as well as zero emissions transport technologies and infrastructure. This, together with a clear internal action plan to embed carbon considerations into our decision-making, will ensure we accelerate our transition to a net zero emissions business model.”