Henkel recently announced that it has reinforced its commitment to climate protection by joining The Climate Pledge, an international cross-industry commitment co-founded by Amazon and Global Optimism. As a signatory, Henkel has committed to achieving net-zero annual carbon emissions 10 years ahead of the 2050 target set by the UN Paris Agreement, an ambition in line with the company’s long-term target to become a climate-positive company by 2040.
“Climate change is a global challenge, which requires our collective action,” said Carsten Knobel, CEO. “At Henkel, we want to make a positive contribution to protecting the climate. Based on our achievements to date and in line with our ambitions for the coming years, we are very pleased to join and support the Climate Pledge. Together with Amazon, Global Optimism and the other signatories, we are fully committed to drive tangible progress and jointly take action to limit global warming.”
To drive progress in sustainability, Henkel reportedly focuses on close collaboration along the value chain. Henkel has been working closely with Amazon to promote sustainable innovation, such as enhancing the customer experience through new and sustainable packaging.
“By signing The Climate Pledge, companies around the world are taking collective action to protect our planet from the catastrophic impacts of climate change,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO. “We welcome Henkel as they join us in our commitment to be net-zero carbon by 2040, a decade ahead of the Paris Agreement. The companies are demonstrating important leadership as they help us accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy and protect the planet for future generations.”
The Climate Pledge was launched in 2019 and aims to unite leading global businesses in a forward-thinking and ambitious commitment to climate change. Henkel is the twelfth company to join the pledge. As a signatory, Henkel agrees to:
- Measure and report greenhouse gas emissions on a regular basis
- Implement decarbonization strategies in line with the Paris Agreement through real business changes and innovations, including efficiency improvements, renewable energy, materials reductions, and other carbon emission elimination strategies
- Neutralize any remaining emissions with additional, quantifiable, real, permanent, and socially beneficial offsets to achieve net-zero annual carbon emissions by 2040
“Scientists tell us that we have a limited window to make unprecedented headway towards addressing the biggest crisis of our time, the climate crisis,” said Kara Hurst, vice president of Worldwide Sustainability for Amazon. “The Climate Pledge offers companies the opportunity to take collective action to protect our planet from the disruptive risks associated with climate change. We welcome Henkel to join us in the fight of our lives as we tackle climate change and build a better future for all. We are also excited for Signify, which achieved carbon neutrality earlier this year, to join The Climate Pledge with the goal of collaborating with other signatories and sharing best practices.”
“The Paris Agreement set out a unifying roadmap for all countries, all companies, and all people to address the climate crisis by taking actions to ensure we do not exceed 1.5˚C in global warming,” said Christiana Figueres, founding partner of Global Optimism who previously served as the UN’s climate change chief. “By joining The Climate Pledge, these companies are demonstrating both their ambitions for the future and for recovery now. Their actions and investments are creating sorely needed jobs, spurring innovation, regenerating the natural environment and helping their consumers to buy more sustainable products. The growing collective of companies joining The Climate Pledge, acting in accordance with science, is cause for optimism.”
Henkel reports that The Climate Pledge commitment is in line with its long-term goal to become climate-positive by 2040. As intermediate steps, Henkel plans to reduce the carbon footprint of its production by 65% by 2025 and 75% by 2030 (from a 2010 base year). The company intends to achieve this by continuously improving its energy efficiency and using electricity from renewable sources. By 2030, 100% percent of electricity will come from renewable sources. By 2040, Henkel aims to have converted all remaining fossil fuels used in production to climate-neutral alternatives and supply surplus carbon-neutral energy to third parties. In addition, Henkel wants to leverage its brands and technologies to help customers, consumers, and suppliers save 100 million tons of CO2 in a 10-year period from 2016 to 2025.