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Thorlux formally commits to 2040 net zero goals

Thorlux Lighting has pledged to go Net Zero

Thorlux Lighting, as part of FW Thorpe Plc, has set and submitted its emissions reduction targets for validation by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), committing itself to achieving net zero status by 2040.

The SBTi is a recognised global organisation promoting ambitious corporate climate action. In consultation with specialised third-party consultants, Thorlux has formulated structured emission reduction targets as follows:

Reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 42% by 2030, from a 2021 base year on a market-based approach.

Reduce Scope 3 emissions per £m revenue by 51.6% by 2030, from a 2021 base year.

Reduce Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions by 90% by 2040 from a 2021 base year, in line with reaching net zero with a maximum of 10% of emissions offset through carbon mitigation measures.

The near-term targets signify a proactive commitment to current reduction plans, with realistic goals deemed achievable within the foreseeable future. Subsequently, Thorlux says it has committed to achieving its ultimate objective of net zero emissions by 2040. The strategic approach effectively translates to the complete elimination of the organisation’s environmental impact.

‘By assessing our carbon impact and setting science-based targets in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change, our goal is to further and significantly reduce our impact by the near-term target of 2030’, FW Thorpe Plc Chair Mike Allcock told the Circular Lighting Report. ‘This will be followed by ultimately reaching net zero greenhouse gas status by 2040, well before the UK’s target for achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.’

Last year, work finished on a huge extension of the roof-mounted solar photovoltaic system at the company’s headquarters in Redditch, Worcestershire.

The original solar installation came on-line in 2019 and supplied around 225,000 kWh of electricity annually.

The expanded solar grid on the roof of its factory will now deliver 1 million kWh per annum, from a total of 3,138 panels. On days where demand is lower, any excess energy created is fed into the national grid.

Thorlux Lighting says it is committed to sustainable manufacturing and reducing its overall environmental impact.

The company has held carbon neutral status since 2012, with systems of measurement, reduction, and certified offsetting using its own independently certified tree planting scheme.

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