A pioneering approach and a step further in the Group’s commitment to tackle climate change.
ATOS are the first publicly listed company in the technology sector in France to have set and had their science based target approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).
Launched in 2015, SBTi encourages companies to define a clear pathway to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, in line with the level of decarbonization required to keep the global temperature increase below 2°C, as specified by the Paris Agreement. The initiative encourages a sectoral approach to setting emissions reductions targets to ensure that companies are planning for a low carbon future while keeping in mind the sector responsibilities on the road to 2050. This is vital for the IT and digital technology sector, of which ATOS is a member. It is estimated that the IT sector consume approximately 7% of global electricity. With increased digitisation and the inevitable growth of the sector, it is important that companies such as ATOS address these challenges. ATOS will focus efforts in achieving the science based targets through improving energy efficiency at data centres and switching to renewable energies. The target covers direct (Scope 1 and 2) and indirect (Scope 3) company emissions and encompasses short, medium and long-term plans.
Environmental performance at the heart of ATOS Strategy
As an international leader in digital transformation, ATOS has placed sustainable development at the core of its corporate strategy for many years. In 2008, the Group launched an ambitious environmental performance program, aimed not only at maximizing its impact, but also at offering its customers more environmentally friendly digital solutions, in order to contribute to the transition towards a more sustainable society. This program has achieved : ·
- 50% GHG emissions reductions (in absolute value and intensity) between 2008-2016;
- 90% of electricity consumed by strategic data centres comes from carbon-free energy sources;
- 100% of the residual carbon emissions associated with data centers are offset by financing wind power projects in India.
A recognized environmental performance program
This strategy has seen ATOS recognised as a leader in terms of environmental performance: in 2016 and 2017, the Group was recognized for its climate action by CDP , entering the A List. The Dow Jones Sustainability Index also ranked ATOS #1 in the global and European IT services industry in 2017. EcoAct worked with ATOS to define its low-carbon targets. If you would like to know more about our services to support companies and territories define their 2 ° C strategy through Science Based Targets, click here.
About the Science Based Targets initiative
Launched in 2015 in collaboration between CDP, World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments champions science-based target setting as a powerful way of boosting companies’ competitive advantage in the transition to the low-carbon economy.
Targets are considered “science-based” if they are in line with the level of decarbonization required to keep global temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre- industrial temperatures.
327 companies are taking science-based climate action and 85 companies have approved science-based targets. Please click on the company name in the table below to see their full target.