Oakland International has confirmed their environmental commitment, joining the Business Ambition for 1.5oC Campaign of the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and, as a result, has also joined the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Race to Zero.

The SBTi is a collaboration between the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), United Nations Global Compact, Carbon Disclosure Project and is one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments. Science-based, the SBTi targets are good for the planet and by aligning strategy with the Paris Agreement, science-based targets will help accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy with the aim of avoiding the worst effects of climate change.

Oakland’s Group Head of Sustainability, Ben Attwell, has a master’s degree in Climate Change Finance and Investment from the University of Edinburgh and worked previously for global financial services group Macquarie as part of their Green Investment Group’s Ratings Team.

“By joining the SBTi Business Ambition for 1.5oC Campaign Oakland International is aligning its climate mitigation targets with the most ambitious aim of the Paris Agreement and to what science dictates as being necessary to reduce the destructive impacts of climate change on human society and nature,” said Ben.

“We are essentially committing to reach net-zero global emissions by 2050 at the latest to limit global warming to 1.5oC. Encompassing the whole of the Oakland Group, including Oakland Distribution’s heavy goods vehicles, Oakland have set themselves a big challenge!”

Oakland International has a reputation for being environmentally active and championing initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint, recently committing to install circa. one megawatt of solar-PV at their Bardon facility as well as adding to their existing solar generation capacity across all sites and is working towards becoming a Certified B Corporation. The business has also replaced pool cars with electric and hybrid models and operates an employee electric bike scheme amongst many other environmental initiatives.

 

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