Turner & Townsend is a global consultancy business serving clients in the real estate, infrastructure and natural resources sectors. In a competitive industry, the business wanted to position itself a climate leader that clients and stakeholders could count on to take ambitious climate action.
To do this, Turner & Townsend wanted to make a commitment to net zero emissions across its entire global operations by 2030.
"Over the last 18 months, South Pole's expert but human approach has enabled us to have a holistic understanding of our entire global footprint and guided us to set ambitions targets backed by a clear route-map to meet them. Thanks to this partnership, we were one of the first organisations to have a strategy aligning to the UN Race to Net Zero campaign.."
— James Dand, Chief Operating Officer , Turner & Townsend
A credible net zero commitment requires rigorous target-setting, carbon compensation and a clear emission reduction strategy. South Pole supported Turner & Townsend by creating science-based targets that went on to be approved and validated by the SBTi framework, as well as crediting the company with one of South Pole's climate neutral labels.
The Kariba Project protects almost 785,000 hectares of forests and wildlife on the southern shores of Lake Kariba, near the Zimbabwe-Zambia border. One of the largest registered REDD+ projects by the area it connects four national parks and eight safari reserves, forming a giant biodiversity corridor. As well as this, the project implements numerous community-focused initiatives detailed below. You can find out more here.
The project uses energy from the sun to help solar-power India's sustainable development. This 205 MW capacity bundled solar project comprises five solar power plants across the Indian States of Telangana, Gujarat and Rajasthan. In its initial decade-long crediting period, it will prevent the emission of more than 3.5 million tonnes of CO2 by generating renewable energy for India's heavily fossil fuel-dominated electricity grid. You can find out more here.
The Envira Amazonia Project is a tropical forest conservation project in Acre, Brazil. The Envira project in Brazil's Amazon basin protects 39,300 ha of tropical forest from logging and encroaching cattle ranches. This simultaneously preserves the area's rich biodiversity and mitigates the release of over 1,250,000 tCO2 e on average each year. The project also fosters economic opportunities for local communities through sustainable farming and the sale of acai berries and medicinal plants, promotes environmental stewardship, and provides health services and educational courses.
"Addressing the climate crisis requires a long-term commitment to change and practical action rather than words. We are turning over a new leaf by adopting green technologies and behaviours that will ensure we reach net zero by 2030 across our whole global value chain and are working with our industry to do the same for a greener, inclusive and productive world. "