Since Agilent's founding over two decades ago, we have consistently addressed sustainability issues and reported on our progress. We are now expanding those efforts by committing to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions with interim targets aligned with the Paris Agreement.
Our net-zero commitment includes the products we make, how we work with customers and suppliers, how we manage our internal operations, and being accountable for achieving our goals. In short, it includes everything we do.
We're investing more in renewable energy in our sites and facilities, moving our car fleets from gas to electric, and reducing business travel. We're also exploring moving more freight via sea or even rail, and engaging with our supply chain to identify which suppliers have the largest carbon footprint, working with those suppliers to reduce emissions, and factoring carbon footprint into supplier selection decisions.
Companies seeking to reduce emissions should align and measure their efforts in three distinct areas, known as "scopes" of activities. Below we list our scopes and the areas they impact.
Goal: Net-zero emissions by 2050
We’re measuring our progress toward our net-zero goals with interim targets in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, a comprehensive global standardized framework to measure and manage greenhouse gas emissions. Our goals and targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. Disclosures on our progress are verified annually by S&P Global Sustainable 1, an independent third party.
We achieved this by:
Additionally, we're among the first companies in our class to be independently audited for the environmental impact of our gas and liquid chromatographs. And we're working with an independent nonprofit called My Green Lab to have Agilent instruments independently audited for the organization's Accountability, Consistency, and Transparency (ACT) label, which provides customers information about the environmental impact of lab products. See the full list of ACT-labeled Agilent products.
To switch from rapid product delivery via air to monthly shipments by ocean requires thinking big—specifically, reinventing how we manage global inventory. What began as a pilot project has now expanded to include more than 20 suppliers and transit from our factories to our logistic centers. Our learnings from this initiative continue to inform strategies that reduce emissions while ensuring products are delivered safely and efficiently.
Submitted our first sustainability report on energy, waste, water and CO2 emissions – a tradition we've upheld every year since our founding.
Adopted the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines, reduced energy usage by 6.3% year over year, and made significant progress toward tracking and eliminating hazardous materials from our products.
Expanded our reliance on solar power, generating over 1MW of clean, renewable energy and continued to reduce our energy usage.
Established a global, cross-functional Sustainability Council to increase sustainability focus, participation and communication
Adopted Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) recommendations in our GRI report, which cover environmental, social and governance metrics.
Published results of our second Materiality Assessment, based on learnings from internal and external stakeholders as well as data from Dow Jones Sustainability Index, CDP and green energy surveys.
Adopting the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations for disclosing climate-related risks alongside our SASB and GRI reporting.
Committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050
Developed and began implementing a plan to engage suppliers on scope 3 emissions.
Achieved validation of our net-zero emissions targets from the Science Based Targets initiative in accordance with the actions needed to limit warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
Hear from Agilent's head of ESG Programs, Neil Rees, about why we're committing to net zero and how it's changing the way we do business in large and small ways.
Learn how we will reduce Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions by 2030 and the progress we've already made reducing our carbon footprint over 20 years of setting goals and reporting on progress.