TELUS has set new science-based greenhouse gas (GHG emissions) reduction targets to further demonstrate its global sustainability leadership and support the world’s fight against climate change.
These have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (STBi), a partnership between CDP, World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the United Nations Global Compact (UN Global Compact).
In detail, TELUS has committed to reducing absolute scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 46% by 2030. This has started in 2019. Moreover, the company commits to reduce absolute scope 3 GHG emissions from business travel and employee commuting (46%) as well as from purchased goods and services, capital goods, and use of sold products (75% per million dollars of revenue) within 2019 to 2030.
In its 2020 Sustainability Report, TELUS has already stated its ambitious goal to achieve net carbon neutrality in its operations by 2030 alongside outlining the company’s environmental, social, and governance strategy and priorities.
Doug French, chief financial officer, TELUS, said: “From our commitment to reducing GHG emissions, to operational carbon neutrality by 2030, and implementing the most expansive remote work program in Canada sustainable solutions are at the core of every decision we make at TELUS.”
“We are proud of our global leadership in sustainability and our dedication to exploring new and innovative ways to reduce our carbon footprint and minimize our impact on the planet while creating sustainable value for the communities where we live, work, and serve,” Doug added.
TELUS has shown impressive results when it comes to sustainability. It has exceeded its climate change objectives, achieving a 17% reduction in energy consumption and a 37% decrease in GHG emissions over 2010 levels. More than 95% of its team members have also adopted the work-from-home setup, saving time, resources, and GHG emissions since the pandemic hits. In addition, TELUS has successfully negotiated four Power Purchase Agreements to provide 100% renewable electricity from wind and solar.