Sodexo Aims for Net Zero

Workplace services provider Sodexo UK & Ireland has achieved a 37% reduction in absolute greenhouse gas emissions across scopes 1, 2 and 3 compared to its baseline year of 2017, putting it ahead of schedule on its journey to net zero 2040. 

This reduction represents the removal of approximately 400,000 tonnes of carbon from its footprint as at 31 May 2023 and includes emissions relating to all company activities across the UK and Ireland, including direct operations, activity at client sites and supply chain.

Sodexo, which was one of the first organisations to have a science-based targets initiative, had shown in its net zero transition plan that, to remain on track, it would have needed to achieve at least 25.5% reduction in absolute GHG emissions by the end of FY23, arriving at 810,886 tCO2e. Instead, the business achieved a 37% reduction and recorded a footprint of 689,172 tCO2e.

A report covering the period 1 June 2022 to 31 May 2023, with externally verified emissions data, highlights key achievements for Sodexo UK and Ireland, including:

Sean Haley, Chief Executive, Sodexo UK & Ireland, said:

“While there is still a long way to go, it is important to take a moment to reflect on quite how much has been achieved since 2010, when we first started working with WWF on our scope 1 and 2 calculations. Our latest report is encouraging and will, I am sure, build confidence in our ability to achieve our near and long-term targets to achieve net zero 2040.”

Sodexo employs approximately 2100 people in Ireland and Northern Ireland.