In May 2019, HAVI took another milestone step toward making our customers’ supply chains even more sustainable by signing up to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). As an SBTi member, we have formally committed to cutting carbon emissions from our operations by 40% per metric ton of goods delivered by 2030.
This means HAVI’s sustainability efforts are in line with climate science, ensuring we make a measurable contribution to keeping the rise in global temperatures well below 2°C, as per the Paris Agreement. Of course, no single business can stop climate change. But working closely with our stakeholders, we’re confident that we’re helping to create a more sustainable planet.
As of the end of 2019, HAVI emissions have been reduced by almost 10% against our Science Based Target of 40% reduction by 2030. This is a good start and by the end of 2020, each HAVI market will have its own SBTi road map which will facilitate even further reductions. We have also enrolled in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) to disclose sustainability information while complying with the requirement of the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to publicly report progress. Specific actions to reduce emissions include:
We continue to invest in equipping our warehouses with carbon cutting features such as renewable energy, wind power, solar panels, natural and energy-efficient LED lighting along with more environmentally friendly refrigerants.
In 2017, we committed to converting 70% of our European-owned fleet from mineral diesel to alternative fuels by 2021. Meanwhile, we are on target to convert nearly 50% of our HAVI-owned fleet to alternative fuels by the end of 2020.
In 2019, we participated in an electric truck pilot in the city of Stockholm, which focused on making logistics in urban and suburban areas kinder to the environment. We continue to map our pathway towards electrification as part of our commitment to a low-carbon economy.
We look forward to working with our customers, partners, industry peers and employees as we contribute to making the world cleaner, healthier and more sustainable.
HAVI is a recognized leader in sustainable logistics. In fact, our commitment to the principles of sustainability is fundamental to who we are: it is embedded in our business culture, leadership structures and strategic framework. That’s why setting a science-based target is not the start of our sustainability journey – it’s the latest leg along a journey that started over a decade ago.
Our logistics business has achieved numerous sector firsts, dating back to the 1980s. The launch of our successful Efficient & Sustainable Logistics (ESL) Program in 2012 marked a defining point along our sustainability journey. Since then, we’ve kept tackling climate change through a growing list of pioneering initiatives. In addition to our strategic partnership with Scania, which aims to convert 70% of trucks in several markets in Europe to alternative fuels by 2021, we have also focused on other areas from waste management and recycling to renewable energy and responsible sourcing.
Partnerships with our customers, partners and – importantly – our employees will be critical to meeting our science-based target and combatting global warming. Our employees have always been fully engaged with our sustainability initiatives and they will act as a powerful driving force behind our SBTi program.
No business can save the planet alone. But working alongside all our stakeholders and other responsible businesses, we’re confident we can create a more sustainable environment for current and future generations.