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Climate action & circularity

Climate action & circularity

Leading the way into a net zero world

Today, actions that drive resilience are at the forefront of corporate strategy, from tackling an organization’s carbon footprint to driving circularity, creating robust and sustainable supply chains or changing consumer behavior. As experts in strategy development in complex environments, we are a thought leader in climate action and sustainability. As such, we are continuously working to improve and adapt our offering to the challenges of the fast-changing world we live in. At the same time, we are taking ambitious measures ourselves to reduce our own greenhouse gas emissions, consume energy responsibly and improve the circularity of our business.

" As a global consultancy we are fully aware of the impact of our business on the climate. Not only do we want to lead by example in our industry, but we also want to demonstrate effective ways of doing business sustainably to our clients. "
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Stefan Schaible

Senior Partner, Global Managing Partner
Frankfurt Office, Central Europe

Our science-based emission targets

After achieving climate neutrality in 2020, we are setting ourselves further ambitious goals and are aiming for net zero emissions. To ensure transparency around reduction targets, Roland Berger has committed to the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi). The SBTi has determined that our scope 1 (direct emissions) and scope 2 (indirect emissions) targets are in line with what the latest climate science says is needed to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement – to limit global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C. We have committed to:

  • Lowering the absolute scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 60% by 2028 from a 2019 base year
  • Increasing annual sourcing of renewable electricity from 24% in 2019 to 100% by 2028
  • Reducing scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions from business travel by 40% per full-time equivalent by 2028 from a 2019 base year

In recent years, we have already made good progress in reducing our carbon emissions. Our average emissions of 5.6 tCO2 per employee put us in a leading position in our industry. We continue to drive ambitious actions within our company to further reduce emissions and aim for net zero operations.

Creating momentum for climate action and circularity

We believe that reaching the climate targets defined by the Paris Agreement in 2015 requires cooperation and commitment from everyone. We support our clients in defining their goals and actions towards more sustainable business models. In doing so, we offer thought leadership, analytical insight and tailored solutions for organizations of all sizes.

However, we believe we can have an even greater impact. Based on our deep industry knowledge and our experience in decarbonization, we are expanding our role as knowledge leaders for sustainability. We invest greatly in conducting research on topics like energy transition, smart mobility solutions, emissions reduction, supply chain risks and sustainability – and publish the results on our website. Our insights contain the latest research findings, expert assessments, future scenarios and associated opportunities for companies. We intend to fuel sustainability debates, drive innovation and catalyze change.

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