Multiplex UAE sets carbon reduction targets in line with SBT initiative
With 2018 as the base year, firm aims to reduce 63.1% of direct emissions, 30% per square metre of indirect emissions by 2033
Australia-headquartered contracting company Multiplex announced that it has become the first company in the UAE to officially set carbon reduction targets based on recognised global thresholds in line with the Science Based Targets (SBT) – a joint initiative between the World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), and CDP that aims to combat dangerous climate change.
Using 2018 as its base year, Multiplex aims to reduce 63.1% of its direct emissions – Scope 1 and Scope 2 – by 2033. The firm has also committed to reducing indirect emissions – Scope 3 – by 30% per square metre, by 2033.
The contracting company has begun implementing sustainable strategies to achieve these targets, including the use of renewable energy sources on their Middle East project sites, and through the design and build of energy-efficient temporary site buildings.
In August 2019, Multiplex made a public commitment to reduce carbon emissions across their Middle East operations, and, following an external review, the targets have now been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.
In addition, Multiplex committed their European operations to the SBT initiative in July 2018, and had their target approved in December 2018.
The firm went on to become the first construction company in the world to align their science-based target, by limiting temperature increase to 1.5°C.
Multiplex continues to work closely with its clients, industry partners, consultants, regulators, and supply chain to optimise the use of low-carbon construction materials and processes, ensuring they deliver buildings that operate at low energy, carbon, and cost.