Saint-Gobain’s plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 received approval from the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), which originates from a partnership between the Carbon Disclosure Project the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute and the World Wildlife Fund for Nature.

The SBTi enables companies to tackle climate change while seizing the benefits and boosting competitiveness in the transition to a net-zero economy. Saint-Gobain is the first company in its sector to receive approval from the SBTi.

“Saint-Gobain is very proud to have our greenhouse gas emission reduction targets approved by the SBTi to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050,” says Claire Pedini, senior vice president of human resources and corporate social responsibility at Saint-Gobain. “For Saint-Gobain, social and environmental responsibility is a long-term commitment and with a continuous process towards excellence.”

According to the SBTi, it looks to:

  • Define and promote best practices in emissions reductions and net-zero targets in line with climate science.
  • Provide target-setting methods and guidance to companies to set science-based targets in line with the latest climate science.
  • Include a team of experts to provide companies with independent assessment and validation of targets.
  • Serve as the lead partner of the Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign, an urgent call to action from a global coalition of UN agencies, business and industry leaders that mobilizes companies to set net-zero science-based targets in line with a 1.5°C future.

The SBTi says that more than 600 companies worldwide have had science-based targets approved. As of 2019, companies who signed up to the SBTi had operational emissions totaling over 750 million tons of carbon dioxide.

“This recognition validates Saint-Gobain’s commitments in the fight against climate change,” says Pedini.