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INTELLIGENT BRANDS // Green Technology

Axis Communications sets emission reduction targets in line with the Science Based Targets initiative

Axis Communications has committed to setting science-based emissions reduction targets in line with the level of decarbonisation required to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement .

This is to limit global warming to well below 2 ° C above pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit warming to 1.5 ° C .
Ray Mauritsson , Axis CEO , said : “ There can be no debate that urgent action is required to address climate change . As a signee of the UN Global Compact , our commitment to set science-based emissions reduction targets is a logical next step in our ongoing work to reduce the environmental impact of our business operations .
“ We know that the targets we set will be ambitious and challenging – not only for us but for our supply chain – but we ’ re also clear that meeting this challenge is imperative for every business .”
Carl Trotzig , Director , Quality and Environment at Axis , said : “ Over the next year we ’ ll be looking to have a sciencebased emissions reduction target ratified by the SBTi which will cover not only our own business but also our upstream and downstream value chain .
“ This scope will mean that every aspect of our business – from the raw materials used in component manufacturing to the approach to recycling products at their endof-life – will need to demonstrably contribute to the achievement of the emissions reduction target .”
The Science Based Targets initiative ( SBTi ) is a global body enabling businesses to set ambitious emission reductions targets in line with the latest climate science . It is focused on accelerating companies and financial institutions across the world to halve emissions before 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions before 2050 .
The initiative is a collaboration between the Carbon Disclosure Project ( CDP ), the United Nations Global Compact , World Resources Institute ( WRI ) and the World Wide Fund for Nature ( WWF ) and one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments . It defines and promotes best practice in emissions reductions and net-zero targets in line with climate science .
It provides technical assistance and expert resources to companies who set sciencebased targets and brings together a team of experts to provide companies with independent assessment and validation of targets .
Axis ’ commitment to developing sciencebased emissions reduction targets reflects the organisation ’ s ongoing initiatives to reduce its environmental impact . The company ’ s efforts support three pillars : beating climate change , protecting natural resources and protecting ecosystems . p
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