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SBTi verifies Springer Nature’s emissions targets

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has verified Springer Nature Group’s science-based emissions reductions targets.

SBTi verifies Springer Nature’s emissions targets
Thea Sherer: “Listening to the science is second nature to us.”

The group last week issued a supplement to their 2022 Sustainable Business report, confirming that the SBTi has verified their net-zero science-based targets, and providing additional detail on scope 3 emissions. Taken together, these map out the company’s route to net zero by 2040, says Springer Nature.

The targets aim for ambitious emissions reductions, in line with the expectations set by the SBTi: this includes a 54.6% emissions reduction target in scope 1 and 2 emissions and 32.5% emissions reduction in scope 3 emissions by 2032. In the longer term, the Group will target a 90% reduction across all scopes by 2040.

Specific action the publisher is taking to reach net zero include the ongoing transition to digital delivery of content, changes to travel policies, and working with suppliers on common goals.

Setting targets forms one part of Springer Nature Group’s net-zero plan. They say they have already made significant inroads to reducing scope 1 and 2 emissions, and since 2020 have been carbon neutral for their offices, warehouses, fleet and flights through purchasing high quality carbon offsets. They are now prioritising emissions reductions in line with SBTi guidance and in 2021 were the first publisher to sign The Climate Pledge by committing to being net zero by 2040, says the company.

Springer Nature Group’s Director of Sustainability and Climate Action Officer Thea Sherer said: “Through our role as a trusted research publisher, we contribute to advancing solutions to mitigate climate change by widely disseminating leading research. Since 2015, we have published more than 60,000 articles or book chapters on climate action. However we also have a responsibility to reduce our own carbon emissions as a global business. Having our targets validated by SBTi is an important step for us as we set out to deliver for our customers while having a lighter impact on the planet. Listening to the science is second nature to us, and we look forward to putting the science we publish into action as we move towards net zero by 2040.”

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