Trade kitchen supplier Howdens has committed to set near- and long-term company-wide emission reduction targets in line with the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) – a global body enabling businesses to set ambitious emissions reduction targets in line with the latest climate science. It is focussed on accelerating companies across the world to halve emissions before 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions before 2050.
Howdens says its commitment signifies its intention to develop an SBTi approved pathway to halve emissions by 2030 and to achieve net-zero by 2050, and that it is the first major UK kitchen supplier to make a commitment with the SBTi.
Rob Black, director of ESG at Howdens, said: “We are proud to make this commitment to working towards the SBTi Net-Zero Standard. We join over 2,000 companies across the world, that have had emissions targets approved or have ongoing commitments with the SBTi.
“Our ESG vision to be the UK’s leading responsible kitchen and joinery business means that we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment in all areas, and we will continue to search for innovative ways in which we can effect change.”
In January 2022 Howdens achieved carbon-neutral manufacturing at its key sites in Howden and Runcorn certified by The Carbon Trust. Howdens’ manufacturing and distribution facilities reached zero waste to landfill in 2019, and 99% of all Howdens UK depot waste avoids landfill.