Paris, 1 June 2017: Sopra Steria’s ambitious science-based emissions reduction targets for its Group perimeter have been officially approved. This independent approval by the Science Based Targets initiative rewards and recognises the long-term strategy that Sopra Steria, a European leader in digital transformation, has adopted in taking a consistent approach to identifying its real GHG1 emissions and reducing them in both its operations and supply chain.
Sopra Steria is committed to reducing its absolute GHG emissions from scopes 1, 2 and 3 (business travel and leased assets such as off-site data centres) by 21% by 2025, from a 2015 base-year. The long-term vision of the company is to reduce its GHG emissions per employee by 76% by 2040 from the same base-year. Sopra Steria also commits itself to having key suppliers representing at least 70% of its supply chain emissions managing their GHG emissions and 90% of these suppliers having GHG reduction targets in place by 2025.
By adopting these science-based targets, Sopra Steria is fulfilling the commitment it made before the UN COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris in 2015 under the “We Mean Business” coalition. It is also building on and complementing its actions to reduce and mitigate its impact on the environment in general and on climate change in particular.
Vincent Paris, Sopra Steria Group’s CEO says, “The Science Based Targets initiative’s approval of our targets for reducing our GHG emissions is a powerful external validation of our approach to environmental sustainability. We will continue to drive our strategy in support of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and move to a lower carbon economy for all.”
Alberto Carrillo Pineda, Senior Advisor on Climate and Business for WWF and Leader of the Science Based Targets initiative added: "We congratulate Sopra Steria on having its target approved and demonstrating that it takes a forward-thinking approach to business. It joins some of the world’s leading companies in recognising that taking action now to cut emissions is the best way to future-proof growth in the transition to the low-carbon economy.”
Sopra Steria’s ambitious environmental programme has already achieved a 19% reduction of its GHG emissions between 2014 and 2016 and has increased its use of electricity from renewable sources to 69% in 2016.
Sopra Steria is trusted by leading private and public-sector organisations to deliver successful transformation programmes that address their most complex and critical business challenges. By combining business development with environmental performance, it is committed to helping clients and partners achieve their sustainability objectives using digital transformation to develop environmentally-friendly services (in the fields of energy, transport, dematerialisation and smart cities in particular) for a low-carbon economy.
1 Green House Gas