United Utilities is working with Tricarbon to help align its carbon target to a pace and scale consistent with limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C by 2050.
The business already has ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets. Whilst planning to achieve a 50% reduction in emissions from their 2005/06 baseline by 2020, they actually achieved this early and bettered it, with their 2018/19 carbon emissions (167,856 tCO2e) coming in at 71% below the 2005/06 baseline.
A Net Zero target
However, United Utilities recognised that these existing targets were adequate to deliver emissions reductions commensurate with a 2°C global temperature rise. So, they want to improve on this and to align their emissions reductions plans to meet science-based, net zero aspirations as set out by the Science-Based Target Initiative. This requires a carbon target consistent with limiting a global temperature rise to 1.5°C by 2050.
Tricarbon continues to provide technical advisory and strategy services to United Utilities to manage the development and publication of this new target and associated milestones.
Learn more about what United Utilities are doing to manage climate change.