2038 is net zero target for Dignity

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Dignity has announced its aim to be net zero across its network by 2038 in a mission to become the UK’s most sustainable end-of-life services provider.

The pledge, outlined at the Group’s AGM on 9 June 2022, is underpinned by the organisation’s new guiding principles that include a dedicated value focused on protecting the environment and prioritising sustainable practices.

Dignity has also undertaken measures throughout 2021 to reduce its carbon footprint through launching a project to investigate the installation of EV charging points at crematory and depot sites, as part of a strategy to change replacement fleet and company vehicles from petrol and diesel to hybrid and electric.

The company has this year reported in line with the formal climate disclosures mandated for listed firms through the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Dignity has elected to take a pragmatic step completing a voluntary disclosure in the belief that TCFD provides a strong framework for its climate pledge and strategy to develop.

Dignity is using the findings from 2021’s TCFD voluntary submission as the baseline for Scope 1 and 2 reporting and a platform to understand Scope 3 emissions in more detail. Last year the business established an Environmental and Sustainability Committee with a primary purpose to define a three year Environmental and Sustainability Strategy.

Chief Executive Kate Davidson (pictured)  said: “Our ambition at Dignity to be net zero by 2038 covers reducing carbon emissions from all of our owned operations, funeral branches, crematoria and care centres, to our fleet and a view to mitigating our impact through our supply chain.

The funeral and crematoria sector has an important role to play in minimising it’s impact on our environment as a provider of a key public service. We know our aim is ambitious, but we are committed to leading the way and setting the standard in our sector.

Our newly formed Environmental and Sustainability Committee, which consists of operational experts and central service colleagues from across the business including members of our senior leadership, will define a three year Environmental and Sustainability Strategy for the Dignity Group and ensure sustainability is embedded throughout our organisation.”