Distributor ASL Global (PPAI 625218, D11) has announced that its carbon reduction targets have been approved and verified by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), a collaboration between CDP—a nonprofit global disclosure system to manage businesses and organizations’ environmental impacts—and the United Nations Global Compact, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The SBTi defines and promotes best practice in science-based target-setting and independently assesses companies’ targets. ASL Global plans to become a Net Zero carbon business by 2025.

The SBTi drives climate action by enabling companies to set science-based emissions reduction targets in line with the Paris Accord, whose goal is to limit global warming to well below two, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels. The initiative provides companies with clearly defined pathways and goals to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and help toward the prevention of dangerous climate change and the world’s journey to a zero-carbon economy. It has approved ASL’s targets as consistent with levels required to keep warming to 1.5 C, the most ambitious goal of the Paris Agreement.

“We understand the importance of global businesses like ours leading the zero-carbon transition by setting emissions reduction targets,” says Alec Pettigrew, ASL’s chairman. “We are determined, as a business and as individuals, to not only talk the talk, but to walk the walk. It is critically important for ASL Global to take a leadership position with a public commitment on this most important of issues.”

Emma Pomeroy, ASL’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) director, adds, “We created the One World initiative in 2019, in response to growing client demand for tangible and robust support for their own CSR strategies, and in recognition that we had to become a more sustainable business ourselves. We manage a complex and diverse supply chain on behalf of our clients and therefore have a responsibility to make the goods we source as sustainable as they can possibly be. As a business, we recognize the importance of reducing our own climate impact and the SBTi scheme helps us to expand and develop this concept.”