Alamo Group Targets 50% Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction by 2030
Alamo Group Inc. announced recently a 2030 target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% as compared to its 2019 base year. This target covers Scope 1 & 2 emissions as defined in The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standards published by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and World Resources Institute. Additional information regarding the Company’s sustainability goals and actual emissions for the past three years will be included in its forthcoming 2021 Sustainability Report.
Dan Malone, Alamo Group’s Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, commented, “We are pleased to announce an initial 2030 target for reducing our Company’s greenhouse gas emissions. Setting meaningful Scope1 & 2 GHG emissions goals is an important step in the right direction. Since 2019, our Company has reduced, in absolute terms, its total energy consumption by about 9%, and we anticipate that we will further reduce it by an additional 30% by 2030. More efficient use of energy, which accounts for 97% of our GHG emissions, will be a primary driver toward achieving our 2030 emissions goal. Investments in LED lighting and energy management systems, as well as energy efficient welding, laser cutting, and air compression equipment have been, and are expected to be, the major contributors in this effort. Installing more efficient heating systems and other building improvements to reduce winter heat loss are also expected to produce significant favorable impacts.
“Not only do we plan to become more energy efficient, but we expect the electric power we use in 2030 will also have a much lower carbon footprint. Our Company plans to make additional investments in onsite renewable power generation facilities, and we will continue to purchase power from renewable and other low carbon sources to incentivize power companies to continue to lower the carbon footprint of electricity taken from the grid.
Jeff Leonard, Alamo Group’s President and Chief Executive Officer commented, “We’ve made very good progress to date, and our early successes have encouraged us to set the more aggressive target. We still have many opportunities to make internal improvements, which not only reduce our GHG emissions, but also provide an excellent return on investment for our shareholders. Scaling up these best practices is an immediate priority while we concurrently develop plans for measuring and implementing sustainable business practices throughout our supply chain.”
Source: Alamo Group Inc.