International science company Royal DSM says that it has set reduction targets for its greenhouse gas emissions.

The company reports that it has committed to reducing 30% of its greenhouse gas emissions from direct production and purchased energy in absolute terms by 2030 compared to 2016. It also plans to decouple emissions from its growth through energy efficiency measures and sourcing more renewable electricity. DSM will also purchase 75% of electricity from renewable sources by 2030, with 41% already being renewable in 2018, the company says.

The new targets have been reviewed and approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and aligned with the Paris climate agreement. The SBTi is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and DSM is reportedly the first European company in its sector to join the group of almost 180 companies with science-based targets.

’We congratulate Royal DSM on setting emissions reduction targets in line with climate science,’ said Alexander Farsan, global lead for science-based targets at WWF. ‘By taking this ambitious step, they are real leaders in their sector and are doing their part to align with global efforts to prevent the most dangerous effects of global warming.’

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