Republic Services, Inc. announced that CDP, the global environmental impact nonprofit, named the company to the Climate "A List" for its science-based goals, strategies and actions to lower greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate risks.
"It's rewarding to see Republic Services' environmental efforts recognized by the CDP," said Pete Keller, Republic’s vice president of recycling and sustainability, in a statement. "We are striving to reduce our carbon footprint while expanding our capabilities to solve our customers' evolving recycling and waste needs through our new 2030 sustainability goals. This achievement provides important market recognition of our climate leadership."
CDP's annual rankings recognize companies from around the world that are pioneers for action on climate change, water and deforestation. In 2019, CDP scored more than 8,400 companies, with only the top 2 percent making the A List.
"Republic Services is a model for true corporate sustainability leadership," said Bruno Sarda, president of CDP North America, in a statement. "Climate change is an undeniable business risk if unaddressed, and we must transition to a low-carbon economy now to avoid the worst impacts. A List companies know sustainability presents an exciting race to the top, an opportunity to innovate and rethink business as usual, proving that environmental responsibility simply makes good business sense."
In 2019, Republic announced a new set of long-term goals designed to address critical global macrotrends related to the company's most important sustainability risks and opportunities. These goals also align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Republic’s “Our Blue Planet: 2030 Goals” are as follows:
- Safety Amplified: Zero employee fatalities and reduce Occupational Safety and Health Administration Total Recordable Incident Rate to 2.0 or less by 2030.
- Engaged Workforce: Achieve and maintain employee engagement scores at or above 88 percent by 2030.
- Climate Leadership: Reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions 35 percent by 2030 (2017 baseline year).
- Circular Economy: Increase recovery of key materials by 40 percent on a combined basis by 2030 (2017 baseline year).
- Regenerative Landfills: Increase biogas sent to beneficial reuse by 50 percent by 2030 (2017 baseline year).
- Charitable Giving: Positively impact 20 million people by 2030.