GN Commits to Significant CO2 Emissions Reduction in Line with Paris Agreement Goals

The GN Group, the manufacturer of ReSound, Beltone, and Jabra hearing aids, has set science-based emission reduction targets for 2030 in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement, committing to reduce CO2 emissions from its operations by 80% and from its value chain by 25%.

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Major commitments by GN for cutting its carbon footprint.

For the past several years, GN has worked to reduce its climate impact. The significant reduction targets will be achieved through three main initiatives that are already well underway:

A comprehensive restructuring of GN’s energy supply towards 100% use of renewable energy for all its owned sites, and work with major suppliers to do the same. Increase GN’s use of low-carbon transportation and distribution solutions, including moving towards ocean freight for goods, local sourcing and customization where possible, and using GN’s own remote collaboration solutions to limit business travel. Continue to decarbonize GN’s products by using lower carbon materials and moving towards circularity in product design and services, and collaborate with our suppliers and business partners to reduce CO2 emissions across the value chain.

Our science-based targets for 2030 set a clear path for decarbonizing our business and supply chain, which we believe is an inescapable prerequisite to continue creating real long-term value to our business, our stakeholders, and society as a whole.”

Peter la Cour Gormsen, Group CFO of GN Store Nord

Beyond setting science-based targets for emissions reductions by 2030, GN is also committed to setting a science-based net-zero target for 2050, at the latest. 2050 has been set by climate experts as the clear prerequisite to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees.

GN’s science-based targets come on top of the ambitious and concrete sustainability goals that GN has previously set for 2025 in the areas of climate, products and packaging, and health. Whereas our communicated climate goal to be carbon neutral in 2025 (scope 1 and 2) allows for high quality carbon removal to offset emissions, our new science-based targets for 2030 must be met through absolute reductions and without mitigation beyond the value chain.

The Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi)

SBTi supports companies in setting emission reduction targets necessary to keep the temperature rise below 2°C compared to pre-industrial temperatures. SBTi is a collaboration between the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The overall goal of the initiative is for businesses and corporations worldwide to use science-based goals as a fundamental component of their approach to sustainability.

Information from HearingTracker:

For information on the environmental footprint of hearing healthcare, see the HearingTracker article, "The Carbon Footprint of Hearing Healthcare and How to Reduce It."