Agilent commits to net zero emissions by 2050
WILMINGTON – Agilent Technologies, a developer of equipment and software for laboratories with a large workforce in Delaware, announced Wednesday that it is committed to achieving zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the latest.
Agilent is one of Delaware’s 50 largest employers, with approximately 1,000 employees working at a Little Falls campus just west of the city limits of Wilmington. Delaware’s operations focus on the chemical analysis business of the publicly traded company, worth $ 46 billion.
The net zero announcement, scheduled just before the start of the COP26 global climate change summit in Glasgow, UK, confirms the goal of the 2015 Paris Agreement, when governments, businesses and other institutions have agreed to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
In making this commitment, Agilent joins other major Delaware employers who have achieved the same or similar goals, including DuPont, AstraZeneca, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Barclays, Amazon, Proctor & Gamble and Johnson Controls.
To achieve the net zero goal, Agilent has announced interim greenhouse gas reduction targets of 50% in direct sources and 30% in indirect sources from a baseline year of 2019 by the end of this decade. To achieve these goals, Agilent will continue to invest in renewable energy and focus on three areas where it has the highest carbon footprint: goods and services purchased, products sold, and transportation and distribution, said the society.
“These goals are a starting point. As we learn more and as technologies evolve, we intend to improve and expand our engagement, ”added Neil Rees, Vice President of Workplace Services and Head of ESG Programs at ‘Agilent, in a statement.
Since Agilent was founded in 2000, out of Hewlett Packard, the company has reported annually on its progress in reducing emissions of energy, waste, water and carbon dioxide. It has reduced its direct carbon dioxide emissions by 22% since 2014.
“Agilent has been committed to sustainability and protecting the environment since our inception,” President and CEO Mike McMullen said in a statement. “This commitment to net zero is consistent with our history and our mission to provide information that improves quality of life. Agilent, with its culture of innovation, is in a strong position to provide important solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “
“Our commitment to net zero is not just the ‘right thing’ to do. It is also aligned with our fundamental business objectives, ”he added.
Agilent has focused in recent years on designing products that are environmentally friendly, developing more durable instruments, from product design and manufacture to use and disposal. It was one of the first companies in its class to be independently audited for the environmental impact of some of its largest product lines, including liquid and gas chromatography products and mass spectrometers.
Several Agilent products have already received the My Green Lab Label of responsibility, consistency and transparency (ACT), which provides customers with important information about the environmental footprint of products. For seven consecutive years, Agilent has been named one of the World’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies and has been ranked in the top three of Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies for three consecutive years.
“We view our commitment to net zero as an important and serious initiative that will influence all aspects of our business,” said McMullen. “We believe our approach which includes milestones, planned third-party reviews and a solid set of processes to ensure we reach net zero by 2050 is substantial, thorough and methodically designed to meet our goals. “