Commercial, GHG Emissions - September 13, 2021
Western Digital Receives SBTi Approval for Emissions Targets
Western Digital announced Sept. 9 that its emissions targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative in line with the Paris Agreement criteria.
The targets approved include a commitment to reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 42% by 2030, based on 2020 levels, and to reduce the carbon intensity of its products by 50% by 2030. The data company plans to achieve these targets through a combined strategy of increasing operational efficiencies, installing onsite solar energy capacity and directly procuring renewable energy.
Western Digital’s facilities in Northern California now all run on 100% renewable energy and this year it purchased 100% renewable energy for its Shenzhen office. The company has also begun to install solar on multiple facilities around the world and is looking to further expand its solar generation capacity.
Additionally, the company has already made progress on its emissions goals. Between 2019 and 2020, Western Digital reduced the energy intensity of its products by 25% and reduced Scope 1 and 2 emissions by more than 8%.
“Committing to these aggressive science-based targets is the right thing to do for the planet, society, our customers and employees. The next few years are critical, and companies have a vital role to play in helping achieve transformation at the pace and scale that is needed,” Joshua Parker, senior director of corporate sustainability at Western Digital, said in a statement. “We are already making rapid progress in reducing our emissions, demonstrating our commitment to building a sustainable economy.”
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