ITV has laid out a series of updated sustainability targets in the run-up to next week’s Cop26 event.
The broadcaster has previously committed to becoming net zero by 2030 by:
- reducing scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 46.2 per cent in line with a 1.5 degree science based emissions scenario,
- scope 3 emissions by 28 per cent, in line with a well below 2 degree emissions scenario
- 100% renewable energy
- becoming a zero waste and zero single use plastic business, and
- running a 100 per cent sustainable supply chain
It has now set itself additional targets, including:
- Ensuring all programmes produced and commissioned by ITV from 2021 onwards will go through sustainable certification
- Ensuring all ITV colleagues complete climate crisis training by the end of 2021
- Phasing out petrol and diesel cars in ITV’s fleet and in on-air competitions
The broadcaster has also announced plans to introduce climate action targets into its bonus scheme in 2022. Climate action targets will be introduced for its most senior employees and will be adopted in line with ITV’s remuneration policy.
As part of ITV’s move towards running a 100 per cent sustainable supply chain, the broadcaster said all of its suppliers with the highest environmental risk will be required to meet its best practice sustainability criteria by 2025 – or will no longer be used by ITV – and by 2030 ITV will work with all other suppliers to reduce their environmental impact.
ITV is also reviewing all opportunities to replace petrol or diesel vehicles with the aim of achieving a 100 per cent hybrid or electric fleet, with trials of pure electric vehicles taking place throughout 2021.
Speaking about the plans, Carolyn McCall, ITV plc CEO, said: “Our Social Purpose ambition of shaping culture for good is integral to our overall strategy, informing both what audiences see on-screen and what happens behind the scenes. In the area of Climate Action, we’re making good progress on our ambitious goals, including being Net Zero by 2030.
“This new raft of measures shows how, at each touchpoint, ITV is working on how we can contribute to building a sustainable society, from how we incentivise senior leadership and set the terms of our debt financing, to the cars we give away in competitions.”
Last week the BBC set out its own path to net zero by 2030.