The environment and climate change

Sustainability
We recognise the need to accelerate  our response in relation to climate change including the alignment of our business with the goals of the Paris Agreement.
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As a result, during 2020, environmental leads and functional representatives from across the business worked together to scope a net zero ambition for the Group. Following this first phase of work, BAE Systems can now outline its ambition to get to net zero.
We define net zero as achieving a state in which our activities result in no net impact on the climate from greenhouse gas emissions.

BAE Systems

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We have set ourselves the target of:
 
  • achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions across our operations (Scope 1 and 2) by 2030. We aim to do this by reducing our emissions as a minimum in line with the 1.5°C pathway; and
  • working towards a net zero value chain by 2050.
 
We recognise we cannot do this alone. We intend to collaborate with our suppliers and customers, and partner with researchers and technologists to innovate for a net zero future.
 
During 2021 we will move to the next phases of our net zero programme
 
Phase two of our programme will focus on developing a net zero roadmap and will consider the use of several strategic levers, to enable emissions to be reduced as far as possible, including activities relating to:
 
  • low/zero carbon products;
  • our supply chains;
  • renewable energy;
  • energy efficiency in our facilities and buildings; and
  • business travel.
 
In phase three our operating model and the capabilities that will be required to transition to a net zero organisation will be assessed and key performance metrics and interim targets identified.
 
Phase four will involve implementing the changes required to deliver our net zero strategy.
 

Our ambition to achieve net zero

 
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