November 15, 2021
Chr. Hansen launches science-based climate targets, embarks on focused decarbonisation journey
Chr. Hansen's Science Based Targets form the core of the company's strategy to reduce its carbon footprint towards 2030, the company said on November 15.
Under its newly launched programme, "Think Climate. Naturally.", the bioscience leader now sets out to decouple its climate impact from economic growth.
Chr. Hansen announced two science-based climate targets that will form the basis of the company's strategy to reduce its carbon footprint:
- 42% reduction of greenhouse gases across scopes 1 and 2 by 2030;
- Scopes 1 and 2 cover the direct emissions from Chr. Hansen's own operations and the indirect emissions associated with its consumption of grid-supplied energy – a 1.5 degree aligned reduction pathway reflecting the ambition of the Paris Agreement. Emissions across scopes 1 and 2 make up 13% of Chr. Hansen's total greenhouse gas emissions for the financial year 2020/21;
- 20% reduction of greenhouse gases from scope 3 by 2030;
- Scope 3 covers the indirect emissions associated with activities across the entire value chain, from the sourcing of raw materials to the transportation of products and employee commuting. Scope 3 makes up 87% of Chr. Hansen's total emissions for the financial year 2020/21. In addition to its programme, future technological advancements and increasing climate commitment by its supply chain are vital factors for achieving the scope 3 target.
"Chr. Hansen is privileged to be seen as a sustainability enabler by our customers and partners, as our microbial solutions enable healthier living for humans, animals and plants – leaving a positive 'handprint' in society and on our planet. We have worked successfully with carbon intensity targets across our operations for many years, but the world is facing widespread and intensifying climate change," said Chr. Hansen chief executive officer Mauricio Graber. "Taking climate action that is rooted in the latest scientific consensus is a natural step-up for Chr. Hansen and it is perfectly in line with our 2025 Strategy."
Chr. Hansen's new climate targets have been validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), a partnership between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute and the World Wide Fund for Nature. By working with SBTi Chr. Hansen has established a clear pathway to decarbonisation of its business. Group-wide workshops have been held to define the most impactful carbon saving activities and implementation has already started.
"Through our "Think Climate. Naturally." programme, we are future-proofing our business for a low-carbon future, making a lasting commitment that sparks climate action here and now. Ultimately, we believe in taking action today that will help turn the tide in this decade as climate science recommends. While taking climate action, we intend to closely follow how the net-zero methodology develops and what it would require from Chr. Hansen," explained director of sustainability and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) at Chr. Hansen, Camilla Lercke.
"Fortunately, our employees take a genuine interest in the climate agenda and are eager to contribute. But to achieve change at scale and at speed, it requires engagement beyond our own organisation. We have already seen how thinking climate is driving positive change, and we look forward to engaging further on the climate agenda with customers, suppliers, policy makers and other stakeholders."
- Chr. Hansen