ISS commits to net zero emissions by 2040

ISS commits to reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions within scope 1 and 2 by 2030 and full-scope net zero emissions by 2040.

ISS has announced a commitment to reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions within scope 1 and 2 by 2030 and full-scope net zero emissions by 2040.

As part of its promise, ISS will also provide full-scope reporting of its environmental footprint, including its entire supply chain.

The company’s sustainability strategy calls for electrification of its global fleet of more than 20,000 vehicles, increasing the renewable energy share in its facilities, and reducing water waste in cleaning services.

“At ISS, we recognise the full scope of the ongoing climate and environmental crisis. And we are strongly committed to carrying out our operations and delivering our services in a sustainable way. This is why we are now being even more ambitious and proactive in our sustainability efforts – with a defined set of bold global targets as our guiding star in the coming years,” Jacob Aarup-Andersen, Group CEO at ISS World Services said.

“In alignment with our commitment to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) we are right now in the process of establishing our specific science-based targets within all three scopes based on our full scope baseline of 2019. This will enable us to develop reduction strategies, working in partnerships with our 40,000 customers and our 80,000 suppliers worldwide,” he adds.

Reduction of food footprint by 25 per cent in 2030

As a key element of ISS’s roadmap to net zero, the company will boost its food sustainability programme.

“As a major player within food solutions for the global workplace, we have an obligation to drive food sustainability. We will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the food we serve globally by 25 per cent by 2030, from our 2019 baseline,” Aarup-Andersen said.

In addition, ISS plans to halve the amount of food waste by 2027.

“In close cooperation with our clients and innovative technology partners, we are already rolling out concepts using artificial intelligence, other smart solutions and data to manage and reduce food waste and emissions. These efforts will be intensified going forward,” said Aarup-Andersen

“With ISS’s 120-year legacy as a people company, social sustainability has always been in our DNA, and we have great initiatives in the pipeline, for instance within diversity and inclusion. The need for a decisive change towards a more sustainable world is clear and urgent. ISS is ready to champion that change.”

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