Article 12 May 2023

Stamp of approval for our decarbonisation targets

Our greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets have been validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). This is an external stamp of approval for our ambitious Plan Zero targets. 

Science-based targets show organisations how much and how quickly they need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. This is in order to prevent the worst effects of climate change and to support ambitions to limit global warming to 1.5°C.  

The SBTi is a leading global organisation that defines and promotes best practice in emissions reductions and net-zero targets. After a stringent process, it’s confirmed that our targets meet all criteria. And that our ambition supports a 1.5°C trajectory. 

Our science-based targets include the following commitments: 

Near-term targets – by financial year 2027 

  • Reduce Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 29.4% – and commit to sourcing 100% renewable electricity. 
  • Reduce Scope 3 greenhouse gas from purchased goods and services, fuel and energy related activities, waste generated by operations, business travel, and employee commuting by 25.2%. 
  • Ensure 60% of suppliers (by spend) have science-based targets in place. 

Long-term targets – by financial year 2046 

  • Reduce Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 90%. 
  • Reduce Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions by 90%. 

We’re committed to our pledge to achieve net zero emissions for our operations by 2025. Plan Zero is focused on delivering decarbonisation with targets in three key areas: 

  • Eliminating our carbon emissions from power and transport. 
  • Eradicating non-sustainable waste. 
  • Enhancing inefficient buildings to meet the highest environmental standards. 

So far, our achievements include: 

  • A 43% reduction in emissions intensity across the business since financial year 2020. 
  • Using 100% renewable energy for all Mitie-controlled offices. 
  • 3,000 electric vehicles across the country – one of the UK’s largest electric fleets 
  • Installing 2,600 electric vehicle chargers across customer sites and our own offices. 
  • Introducing circular economy initiatives including collecting and recycling over 80 tonnes of uniform. Diverting these from landfill saved 1,800 tonnes of carbon emissions. 

As part of our Decarbonisation, Delivered framework we’ve pledged to support our customers with a range of services to help them deliver their own decarbonisation plans. These include net zero consulting, energy advisor solutions and on-site energy optimisation. Also, decarbonisation projects such as electric vehicle or solar photo-voltaic installations. And specialist waste and biodiversity services. 

Our expertise has saved thousands of tonnes of carbon for British organisations over the last decade. For example: 

  • We helped Vodafone UK achieve energy savings worth over £10m. 
  • We installed a 6.5MWp solar system, made up of 21,000 solar panels, across the rooftops of terminals at the Port of Hull. We supported Essex County Council to save 534 tonnes of CO2 each year. This was through solar panel installations, retrofitting buildings and LED projects. 

Jason Roberts, Group Director for Sustainability and Social Value, said, “The Science Based Targets initiative is regarded globally as the gold standard for net zero emissions targets. So, receiving validation from their expert team marks an important milestone in our decarbonisation journey”.  

“While we have our own ambitious targets of net zero carbon for our operations by 2025, we know that we can make an even bigger impact on the planet by helping our customers decarbonise too.”