Environmental - Emissions Management
The Group believes that urgent and sustained action is required to address the climate emergency and to meet the goal of the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Addressing climate change requires a systems-thinking approach and a complex web of actions. Ongoing actions that are consistent focus areas across the Group include:
 

  • Creating operational efficiencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as much as possible such as through the use of LED lighting, energy efficient equipment and green fleet and logistics programmes;
  • Increasing the uptake of renewable energy; and
  • Engaging with supply chain partners and customers to encourage change in consumption behaviours.

   
In addition, the Group has also developed products and services that are enabling the low carbon transition, while also significantly reducing operational emissions, which is discussed in further detail in the section: Sustainable Business Model Innovation. This section should be read in conjunction with this.

Each of the core businesses has made progress in carbon reduction target setting, however these will be updated as the businesses assess their respective pathways to net zero and set nearer term goals that are ideally Paris-aligned, if not done already.

These carbon reduction targets are as follows:

Ports:

  • Reduce total CO2e/TEU by 3% cumulatively from 2021-2023 through reductions in total diesel use and 11% by 2030 versus 2021.

 
Retail:
  • Reduce scope 1 and 2 emissions by 40% by 2030 versus a 2015 baseline.

 
Infrastructure:

Australian Gas Infrastructure Group

  • 10% renewable gas in networks by no later than 2030, delivering 100% renewable gas developments from 2025. Full decarbonisation of networks is targeted by no later than 2050, and by 2040 as a stretch target.

  
AVR Afvalverwerking BV

  • Achieve net zero in operations by 2050.

  
ista

  • Achieve net zero in scopes 1, 2 and 3 by 2050.

 
Northumbrian Water

  • Achieve net zero in operations by 2027.


Northern Gas Networks

  • Achieve net zero in operations by 2031 (excluding gas shrinkage) and 2050 (including gas shrinkage), in line with the UK net zero commitment.


SA Power Networks

  • Achieve net zero in operations by 2050 in line with the State Government target in South Australia.

  
UK Power Networks ("UKPN")

  • Reduce the business carbon footprint by 2% per annum. UKPN is currently in the process of setting a target which will be validated by the Science Based Target Initiative in 2021.
   

Wales & West Utilities

  • Become a net zero ready carbon emission network by 2035.
  • Reduce GHG emissions by 37.5% by 2035 versus 2020.

   
Telecommunications:

  • CK Hutchison Group Telecom is currently in the process of setting a target which will be validated by the Science Based Target Initiative in 2021.