95% of manufactured products rely on ingredients and technologies from the chemicals sector. With high temperature processes, the sector is recognized as hard to decarbonize, however, Croda has again shown its leadership in sustainability by committing to reduce its Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions in line with the most ambitious SBT pathway. The objective of this pathway is to limit global temperature rises to no more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change.
In 2019, Croda’s chief executive officer, Steve Foots, indicated the company’s commitment to a 1.5°C scenario by signing the ‘Business Ambition for 1.5°C’ - the United Nations Global Compact call to action, which included a commitment to become a net zero organization by 2050. Since then, the company has been working to understand how it can achieve these ambitions through the development of decarbonization roadmaps across its manufacturing sites.
Working with South Pole to develop its verified SBT targets, Croda has committed to reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 46.2% from a 2018 baseline. The company will also reduce its upstream Scope 3 emissions by 13.5% through collaboration within its supply chain.
Phil Ruxton, Croda’s chief sustainability officer said, “Last year we committed to be the most sustainable supplier of innovative ingredients; verification of our SBTs is a major milestone in this sustainability journey. We hope that by aligning to the 1.5°C pathway we can show others in our hard-to-decarbonize sector that this level of ambition to minimize the effects of climate change is achievable, and something we should all be striving for.”