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At Centrica Business Solutions, we want to shape a lower carbon future by enabling our customers and our business to use energy smarter and more sustainably. Tackling climate change is one of the most important issues facing our society and as a leading international provider of energy for homes and organizations, we take our role seriously.
Centrica plc embarked on a journey in 2007 to cut the internal carbon footprint of its property, fleet and travel by 20% by 2015. We exceeded this target, achieving a 27% reduction. In 2015 we committed to further reductions of 20% by 2025 against existing levels – surpassing this target only four years later in 2018 – and leading to the creation of ambitions the following year to reduce our internal carbon footprint and customer emissions in line with Paris goals out to 2030.
As the need to accelerate our journey to net zero grows, Centrica has once again responded by amplifying action as part of its People & Planet Plan – setting targets to help our customers be net zero by 2050 (28% reduction by 2030) while becoming a net zero business ourselves by 2045 (40% reduction by 2034) – five years earlier than its previous goal and the UK deadline.
Reduction in customers' carbon intensity of energy since 2019
Reduction in our total carbon emissions since 2019
Reduction in carbon over the last decade
Today, Centrica has reduced its total carbon emissions by 82% since 2019.
We've achieved this via property efficiencies, employee behavioral changes, the utilizing technologies such as LED lighting, on-site solar PV and battery storage, and energy load management – alongside a move away from upstream generation and production.
The roll-out of our electric vehicle fleet is significantly reducing our internal carbon footprint; and we're exploring innovative ways to help customers achieve net zero by partnering to build the world’s first net zero industrial cluster in the UK using hydrogen, carbon capture, and storage technology.
Leading the energy transition
Our ambitious new goals for Centrica aim to reduce our own carbon footprint 40% by 2034 and ultimately reach net zero by 2045. And by 2050, we want to help our customers reach net zero too.
As a market leader in energy solutions, Centrica is well placed to achieve these ambitions by utilizing its capabilities to embed sustainable technologies and behaviors across our business and for our customers.
Switching 10,500 vehicles to electric
We're working towards having a zero-emission fleet in the UK by 2025. And we've made good progress so far - our current electric vehicles have already driven more than 4.7 million miles, equivalent to around ten trips to the moon and back.
We've installed nearly 20,000 electric vehicle charge points across the UK since 2013, joined forces with vehicle manufacturers and piloted low carbon initiatives, such as installing GPS and ‘right sizing’ vehicles.
Taking our responsibilities seriously
In 2021, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) again rated Centrica an ‘A-’ for leadership in action and disclosure on climate change in recognition of our business' efforts to bring transparency to decarbonizing the energy sector.
In addition, we have expanded our collaboration with organizations in search of greater sustainability both through our partnerships and working with our customers to support their road to net zero.
To deliver a more sustainable future, Centrica knows that they need the best team where every colleague can be themselves and better serve customers and communities. By supporting both people and planet, Centrica will help build a more inclusive and sustainable future for communities, our planet and each other.
Which is why we want to build a workforce that reflects the full diversity of its communities, recruit at least 3,500 apprentices and provide career-development opportunities for under-represented groups, as well as inspire colleagues to give 100,000 days to build inclusive communities.
Our ambition to recruit thousands of new apprentices by 2030
Recognized as a top employer of women by The Times, UK
Employee volunteer days taken since 2019