Roland Berger has 3,000 employees working in more than 50 offices in over 30 countries, advising major international corporations and public bodies. Its services cover all aspects of business and management strategy, including new business models, processes and organisational structures. With more and more companies across the globe taking credible climate action, it was important that Roland Berger became a true climate leader with an ambitious set of climate targets underscored with robust action and credible reduction pathways. In this way, it is now in a strong position to offer full service, customised advisory to its clients and drive climate action across its value chain.
South Pole assisted Roland Berger with its climate neutrality and net zero ambition; starting with a full assessment of all of its GHG emissions across scope 1 (direct emissions) scope 2 (indirect emissions), scope 3 emissions (or value chain emissions) we were able to understand the full impact of its activities. From this baseline footprint, we assisted Roland Berger in setting a science-based target (SBT) – with a target year of 2028 on a 2019 baseline – and the development of a reduction roadmap. Given Roland Berger's business growth, the science-based target will not only achieve ambitious reductions from the 2019 base year but also include the additional emissions associated with business growth.
An important milestone on Roland Berger's climate journey is achieving climate neutrality. The South Pole label certifies Roland Berger's reduction efforts as well as offsetting the unavoidable emissions as it progresses towards its SBTs. Roland Berger chose to support a blend of avoidance and removal projects as it moves towards its net zero target, recognising the importance of protecting our existing carbon sink.
The Guanaré Forest project involves rehabilitating four separate sites that have been grassland for more than 300 years by planting primarily eucalyptus tree species; over 1,000 seedlings are planted per hectares. This will establish sustainable woodlots throughout the grasslands, which will remain for pasture for cattle. You can find out more here.
The Isangi conservation project operates across 187,571 hectares of rainforest, preventing its conversion into subsistence agriculture and conserving the immensely biodiverse area around the Congo Basin. The project also improves the livelihood of forest-dependent local communities, simultaneously addressing a major driver of deforestation in the area through developing sustainable income streams, such as tilapia farming and agroforestry.
This greenfield project comprises five solar photovoltaic (SPV) locations in the Indian States of Telangana, Gujarat and Rajasthan, together with a total installed capacity of 205 MW. This grid-connected project supplies emissions-free energy to India's electricity grid, replacing carbon-intensive energy sources. You can find out more here.
This project restores and repairs existing boreholes to provide clean drinking water to Rwandan communities, removing the need to boil water for purification. Each borehole is up to 100 metres deep and can be operated with a simple hand pump. The boreholes will be maintained over the project lifetime. You can find out more here
"After achieving climate neutrality, Roland Berger is now setting ambitious goals to reach net zero emissions by 2028. South Pole has been instrumental in helping us develop our sustainability strategy and understand our key sources of emissions so we know where to focus our efforts on reducing our emissions…"