Ambitious carbon reduction goals approved by SBTi

Ramboll’s targets to reduce carbon emissions are in line with the Paris Agreement goal of keeping global warming below 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Our climate targets were approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) in October 2021. Ramboll also committed to set a science-based net-zero target and, in 2022, we will define our science-based net-zero year. 

SBTi is a global body established by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the World Resource Institute (WRI) and the UN Global Compact, which enables businesses to set ambitious emissions reductions targets in line with the latest climate science. 

Ramboll’s SBTi-approved climate targets are: 

  • Reduce absolute scope 1 and 2* GHG emissions by 46.2% by 2030 from a 2019 baseline and to reduce absolute scope 3 GHG emissions from business travel by 27.5% in the same timeframe. 

  • Ensure 80% of our suppliers, as measured by emissions, have science based targets by 2025, covering both purchased goods and services. In Ramboll this is mainly within IT supply. 

Stepped-up ambitions

This reflects a bold step up in ambition from Ramboll’s strategy Winning Together, in which Ramboll set and achieved a goal of reducing the carbon footprint by 20% per employee from 2016-2020, partly owing to reduced emissions from business travel during the Covid-19 pandemic. With these targets, Ramboll commits to an ambitious carbon reduction goal, reinforcing Ramboll’s accountability on climate action and demonstrating climate leadership in the professional services industry. 

Ramboll is working with leading clients to help them reduce their emissions in areas such as the built environment, infrastructure, and through the use of renewable energy. We believe that by setting and meeting science-based targets, we take responsibility for our own emissions, and support our clients in reaching their targets.

Scope 1: Company cars including managers’ cars, heat consumption (from assets under operational control for example; boilers). 

Scope 2: Cooling, electricity and heat consumption (from purchased sources for example; district heat). 

Scope 3: Private cars, taxis, public transport, ferry, airplane and helicopter. Only CO2 emissions are accounted for.

What is SBTi?

SBTi enables businesses to set science based targets to reduce carbon emissions. Companies submit their emissions reduction goals, which are stringently vetted to ensure they are in line with the Paris Agreement. Based on the level of ambition, goals can either be recognised as keeping warming ‘well below 2°C’ or ‘1.5°C’. 

Ramboll’s goals are in line with the latter, more ambitious goal. To date, more than 2,200 companies have committed to SBTi and more than 1,000 have had their targets approved. 

Scope 1 covers greenhouse gas emissions that occur directly from sources that are controlled or owned by an organisation, while Scope 2 emissions are indirect greenhouse gas emissions from purchases of electricity, steam, heat, or cooling. 

Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions arise from assets not owned or controlled by an organisation, but that the organisation indirectly impacts in its value chain, for instance through suppliers.