Springer Nature sets new environmental target

News - Publishing Friday, 15th October 2021

Publisher joins Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign, which seeks gold-standard emission reductions; 1,600 other companies already signed up

Springer Nature is joining the Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign, 'responding to an urgent call-to-action for companies to set emissions reduction targets that can collectively limit global temperature increases to 1.5°C.'

According to the publisher, 'by joining the campaign, which is backed by a global network of UN agencies, business and industry leaders, Springer Nature has committed to set verifiable science-based targets through the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), which independently assesses corporate emissions reduction targets in line with what climate science says is needed to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement which aims to avoid the worst potential impacts of climate change.'

Thea Sherer, climate action officer and director of sustainability at Springer Nature (pictured), said: "Following the science is second nature at Springer Nature, so becoming part of the Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign and setting Science Based Targets just makes sense. As a world leading publisher of climate research, responsible for over 40,000 journal articles and book chapters in this space since 2015, we are acutely aware of the importance of turning to science when looking to solve some of the most pressing global challenges.

"As well as our publishing portfolio, Springer Nature has introduced industry-leading sustainable business practices, becoming carbon neutral across the company’s direct business operations in 2020. We look forward to setting targets that will help us make further progress towards reducing our emissions and to play our part in aiming for a 1.5°C future."

Alberto Carrillo Pineda, managing director of the Science Based Targets initiative, said: "There is no time to lose. The transformation to a net-zero economy is unavoidable. Hundreds of businesses are leading the way by setting ambitious 1.5°C science-based targets. To stand a fighting chance of maintaining a habitable planet, we urgently need more companies to act on climate science and to decarbonize our economy."

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The SBTi defines and promotes best practice in science-based target setting and independently assesses companies’ targets. Over 1,600 companies have committed to set science-based emissions reduction targets.

Earlier this week HarperCollins UK vowed to becoming carbon neutral in its direct emissions by the end of this year, with ceo Charlie Redmayne saying: "It is every business’s responsibility to take action on the issue of climate change."