Major manufacturers commit to reducing carbon emissions

Rail manufacturer Alstom is the first manufacturer in its sector to commit to the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) on the sidelines of the COP25 meeting of climate and environment ministers.

The SBTi brings together large companies to reduce carbon emissions. The program is managed by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the World Resources Institute, CDP, and the UN Global Compact.

With Alstom recently announced as the manufacturer of 246 railcars for Perth’s METRONET service, the company will be bringing its global commitment to Australian manufacturing. In addition, Alstom has manufacturer railcars for the Sydney Metro service and Melbourne’s suburban network, as well as trams for Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide.

“Global warming can only be stopped through collective effort from all actors involved. Through its commitment to Science Based Targets, Alstom reinforces its pledge and determination to play an active part in fighting climate change,” said Cécile Texier, vice president of sustainability and corporate social responsibility at Alstom.

The targets commit Alstom to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025, a reduction of energy consumption of their solutions by 25 per cent.

At the COP25 summit, 177 companies came together to set emissions reductions targets to limit global warming to 1.5°C.

“By stepping up and setting science-based targets, these companies are pioneering new ways of doing business and driving systemic change throughout the global economy,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres.