02.06.2021 - Sustainability

Climate protection: we rely on science

WEPA is now part of the Science Based Targets Initiative, setting science-based greenhouse gas reduction targets to limit global warming.
Environmental protection and climate change are issues that concern us all. At WEPA, they have always played a very important role: in the origin of raw materials, in production and in the handling of energy and emissions. 
Now we are taking the next big step and setting science-based climate targets.
A global effort is needed to avert climate change as much as possible. In 2015, 195 countries and the EU therefore reached the first global climate protection agreement. 
It states that global warming should be limited to well below 2 degrees Celsius, ideally even to 1.5 degrees, compared to pre-industrial levels. This alliance became known as the Paris Agreement or Paris Climate Agreement. 
Politics, society and industry are equally called upon to make their contribution to fulfilling the requirements of this agreement. To support this, the global initiative “Science Based Targets” was founded by the Carbon Disclosure Project, UN Global Compact, the World Resources  Institute and WWF in mid-2015. This initiative offers companies a clear route to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Targets are calculated on a scientific basis to ensure that global warming is actually limited. 
We as the WEPA Group also want to commit to these targets and have therefore avowed ourselves to the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) in April. This way, the latest findings of climate science are taken into account in order to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.
The next steps include the submission of our 2030 targets to the SBTi and, once approved, the further design of internal action planning and implementation. 
More than 1,000 companies around the world are already working with SBTi. We are happy to now be a part of this strong and growing community.


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