Atos, a renowned European multinational IT service and consulting enterprise, has reportedly announced that it has set a goal to become a net zero emissions company by 2035. The ambitious goal date sets a deadline that ends 15 years before the one set by the UN Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
The company’s decision further extends its decarbonization ambitions, placing the cause at the core of the Atos growth strategy. The move also establishes the French IT company as a leader of decarbonization across the industry.
The company pledge would see Atos cut in half all of the emissions that it can directly control by 2025. After reaching this goal date, the company would look to attain the same amount of reduction, for emissions under its influence, by 2030. For the carbon emissions that are under its control, the company would continue to offset almost all of its residual carbon emissions with the help of certified carbon emission offsetting projects.
Meanwhile, with regards to the emissions that are under its influence, the company plans to include them progressively in its global offsetting initiative, which will effectively allow it to become net zero emissions enterprise by 2035.
Atos CEO, Elie Girard, stated that the company aims to pioneer decarbonization so as to benefit its customers, shareholders, and the society at large. Atos will do so by transforming how digital technologies are effectively designed, developed, and used.
Girard further added that the company’s decision to set the net zero emissions goal date to 2035 represents a new step in the right direction. Girard also expressed pride in the company’s decision to commit to this goal, which positions it as a global industry leader in decarbonization.
For the record, Atos is also one of the signatories of the ambitious pledge called, “Business Ambition for 1.5°C”, which was introduced mid-2015 in the lead-up to Paris Climate Change Conference.
Source credit: https://atos.net/en/2020/press-release_2020_06_24/atos-commits-to-net-zero-carbon-emissions-by-2035-setting-the-highest-decarbonization-standards-for-its-industry