A path compatible with keeping global temperature increases below 1.5°C compared to pre-industrial levels, in line with the IPCC recommendations
Our path to reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has been approved by the Science-Based Targets (SBTi). Our targets for 2030 and 2050 are therefore recognized as compatible with limiting the increase in global temperatures to 1.5°C compared to pre-industrial levels, in line with the recommendations of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).
"The purpose of Expanscience is to contribute to the well-being of individuals and our activities are intrinsically linked to the living world and biodiversity. Helping to achieve global climate goals, protecting and preserving biodiversity is therefore one of our key objectives as a mission-driven company. We are adapting our activities and committing to a low-carbon transition that helps preserve the health of ecosystems and human beings, in line with the recommendations of the IPCC." says Karen Lemasson, CSR and Open Innovation Director at Expanscience.
Made up of experts from leading global organizations (Carbon Disclosure Project, United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF)), the SBTi supports companies in defining their decarbonization goals, taking account of climate science forecasts.
The SBTi independently evaluates and approves these targets according to strict criteria, confirming that the company’s GHG reduction pathway is compatible with the IPCC's recommendations: global warming must not exceed +1.5°C compared to pre-industrial levels in order to avoid irreversible runaway effects for the planet and its occupants.
In very concrete terms, having this carbon path approved by the initiative means for us:
- Reducing GHG emissions by 35% by 2030 1 and by 81% by 20502 compared to 2019,
- Sustainable storage for Expanscience’s GHG emissions that cannot be reduced through the use of natural carbon sinks (trees, soil, plants, etc.) by 20503.
To achieve these goals, Expanscience is working on all stages of its products' life cycle: energy management, raw material selection, packaging and product distribution.
This involves reducing or even stopping air transport in favor of sea or land routes, a transition that has already been successfully completed in the Latin America zone. Expanscience is also looking for more virtuous maritime alternatives, such as sail-propelled cargo, etc.
Another example, at our production, research and development site in Eure-et-Loir, we are implementing numerous energy reduction measures, such as rationalizing the use of our gas boilers, with one of the three boilers shut down in 2022 and another put on standby. We are also conducting a study on alternative projects involving heat recovery and the use of biomass, with a view to reducing gas consumption and substituting it with less carbon-intensive sources. Not only might this promising strategy improve energy efficiency, but it could also significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, for around a 67% reduction in GHG compared to 2021. The project could also be rolled out at our plant-based raw material processing site in Peru if the results of the study prove satisfactory.
The approval of our carbon path by the Science-Based Target initiative therefore marks a further step in our ecological transition, the aim of which is to help regenerate ecosystems by 2040.
1 Corresponds to a reduction of 46.2% on all scopes 1 & 2 and a reduction of 46.2% on 73.05% of scope 3.
2 Corresponds to a reduction of 90% on 95% of scopes 1 & 2 and a reduction of 90% on 90% of scope 3.
3 In other words, a balance between these so-called incompressible GHG emissions and their absorption in natural carbon sinks.
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