American Tower today revealed its adoption of science-based targets (SBTs) across its global operations and supply chain, which the company said have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative and are in line with the goals set forth in the 2015 Paris Agreement.
According to a prepared American Tower statement, the establishment of SBTs reflects American Tower’s efforts to advance its sustainability program and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to limit future global warming to well below two degrees Celsius. Further, the SBTs represent direct scope 1 and indirect scope 2 GHG emissions reduction targets of at least 40 percent by 2035 against a 2019 baseline, as well as targets to reduce indirect Scope 3 supply chain emissions by at least 40 percent.
According to the EPA, greenhouse gas emissions are categorized into three groups or scopes by the greenhouse gas protocol. Scope 1 covers direct emissions from owned or controlled sources. Scope 2 covers indirect emissions from the generation of purchased electricity, steam, heating and cooling consumed by the reporting company. Scope 3 includes all other indirect emissions that occur in a company’s value chain.
“Since setting goals to reduce our diesel consumption and related scope 1 emissions in 2017, we have made targeted investments in energy solutions that have enabled us to avoid using millions of liters of diesel per year,” said Tom Bartlett, American Tower’s chief executive officer. “Adopting SBTs, which expand our GHG reduction goals beyond scope 1, is a critical step in our sustainability journey and a reflection of our continued dedication to addressing climate change.”