Parcel, mail and e-fulfilment specialist Whistl has committed to having its efforts to reach net zero by 2045 audited by an international standards body.

The United Nations-backed Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) aims to help companies across the world halve their emissions before 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions before 2050.

Whistl has announced that from a baseline of 2022, the short-term aim is a 21% emissions reduction by 2030. By 2045 it expects to have reduced by 95% its annual carbon dioxide equivalent emissions to under 37,544 tonnes.

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By signing up to the SBTi framework, Whistl will have its targets reviewed by a panel of experts and following validation will have to report on annual basis the progress it is making on hitting its short and longer term carbon reduction goals.

Nigel Polglass, Chief Operating Officer and ESG Board sponsor, Whistl, said: “Whistl is serious about meeting our obligations to significantly reduce our carbon emissions.

"We are using the global standard SBTi framework to validate our net zero strategy and will be held accountable on an annual basis to ensure we remain on track to meet our 2030 and 2045 targets.”