BAE Systems

All our operations have an impact on the environment. From the energy and resources we use, to the products we manufacture and the waste we generate. To reduce our environmental impact, we have set reduction targets and are driving improvement programmes and activities.


Our climate change strategy

One of the focus areas of our sustainability agenda is to play our part in addressing the significant and lasting impact of climate change. Our goal is to develop and implement a long-term strategy that reduces the impact of our activities and products on the environment, whilst progressing our ambition of net zero greenhouse gas emissions. Part of our strategy to reduce our energy intensity is to purchase renewable energy and develop on-site renewable electricity supplies where practicable.



See how we are helping to reduce our environmental impact

Electric drive systems More than 14,000 of our electric-hybrid systems are in operation, saving the environment from more than 30 million gallons of fuel emissions and 335,000+ tonnes of Co2 Read more
Energy efficiency Over the past 15 years at Portsmouth Naval Base we have helped reduce energy related carbon emissions by 65% Read more
Race to Zero   We have joined the United Nations' Race to Zero campaign, by signing up to the Business Ambition for 1.5°C Read more
Hive of activity Working with colleagues from the Royal Air Force, our employees at RAF Coningsby have formed a bee colony at the Lincolnshire base Read more
Digital shipyard Technology leading the way in safety and sustainability at Osborne Shipyard in Australia Read more

Targeting net zero


The majority of our operational greenhouse gas emissions come from the gas and electricity we use across our facilities. Together with our suppliers and customers, and researchers and technologists partners, we will innovate for a net zero future.


Our environmental leads and functional representatives from across the business have worked together to scope a net zero ambition, and we have set ourselves the targets of:

BY 2030

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.

BY 2050


Working towards a net zero value chain by 2050.

Our net zero programme

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We are currently working on Phase 2 and 3 of our programme.


Setting environmental targets and initiatives at business level

The nature of our business makes it challenging to set global emissions reduction targets. Therefore, we set and implement environmental targets and initiatives at business level, to contribute to an overall reduction. Businesses set objectives to reduce energy used, water consumption and the generation of waste, emissions, and other discharges.


Sustainability in action

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A quiet revolution

Our HybriGen® system not only cuts emissions, but creates a smoother ride for passengers and helps operators save on fuel and maintenance costs
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Zero waste to landfill

Since Summer 2020, we’ve sent zero waste to landfill across Warton, Samlesbury and Brough sites in the UK
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New solar farm to power world-class jet facility

A solar farm the size of eight football pitches is helping us to power the advanced manufacturing of world-class fighter jets
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The bat professor

Jon together with other volunteers from the Isle of Wight Bat Group, have surveyed and produced habitat suitability models for every native bat species on the Isle of Wight
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Our Stories

Days of the world

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Earth Day 2021

The past year has brought harsh reminders of the fragility of where and how we all live: from raging wildfires and tornadoes to a global pandemic. We all have a role to play as stewards of our environment
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World Oceans Day

Reflections on World Oceans Day from our colleagues around the UK
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Reduction in emissions
During 2020, Group-wide greenhouse gas emissions have reduced by 50%* and total greenhouse gas emissions per employee by 55%
Renewable energy purchases
We purchased 173,502 MWh of renewable energy during 2020
Net Zero value chain
We are working towards a net zero value chain by 2050
*While the implementation of energy efficiency projects has contributed to this decrease, the most significant factor in the Group-wide reductions is the removal of two sites from our reporting boundary.

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