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The Encore Group joins leading environmental businesses in Science Based Targets initiative

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The Encore Group has joined 1600 organisations globally – and just three other UK companies operating in the print industry – in having its emissions targets validated with the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi).

Science based targets provide a clearly defined pathway for companies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, helping prevent the worst impacts of climate change.

Recognising that critical action is needed, The Encore Group has committed to a 46% reduction in its scope 1 and scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 2027 from a 2019 base year – a target aligned with keeping global warming to 1.5°C, the most ambitious goal of the Paris Agreement. For Encore, this would mean a reduction in its annual emissions of 725 tonnes of CO2e – the equivalent of 355 return flights from London to New York or 2.6 million miles driven in an average car.

The Encore Group is already making huge strides towards this target by migrating to zero carbon electricity and introducing electric vehicles to its sales fleet. Emissions that have yet to be reduced are offset with the global conservation charity World Land Trust through Encore’s membership of the Carbon Balanced Printer programme.

David Cooper, The Encore Group’s managing director, said: ‘We are thrilled to have our carbon reduction targets validated by the Science Based Target initiative. The Encore Group prides itself on our ability to meet our customers’ needs. More than just quality and price, our customers expect the highest levels of environmental protection. With this important first step complete, our customers can be confident knowing The Encore Group can now support them on their own journeys to net zero.’

As part of its validated near term science based target, The Encore Group has also committed to measuring and reducing its scope 3 emissions.

Scope 3 – which includes emissions from purchased materials, transport, business travel, waste, and end of life treatment – can account for 90% of an organisation’s carbon impact. The Encore Group will continue working in partnership with net zero consultancy Nero to measure, track and reduce its scope 3 emissions.

Greg Selfe, managing director of Nero, said: ‘The Encore Group has made a huge first step towards net zero. By having its near time target validated by the SBTi, Encore sends a clear message to its stakeholders that it is taking climate change seriously. But the real hard work is yet to begin, and it is great to see The Encore Group eager to move onto the next step of its net zero journey.

Following its first scope 3 assessment, The Encore Group is aiming to submit a net zero target to the SBTi for validation. These long term targets require a 90% reduction in absolute scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions by 2050 at the latest, with the remaining emissions being neutralised through carbon removals. In August 2022, there were just 14 UK companies that had such ambitious net zero targets validated with th


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