Enterprise software provider Red Hat announced today new a new goal to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The new target includes direct operational and energy use Scope 1 and 2 emissions, as well as indirect Scope 3 emissions associated with electricity consumption in third-party colocation data centers.
According to Red Hat, the announcement follows a rigorous exercise to establish an emissions accounting profile with a 2019 base year, and the target follows a science-aligned pathway to limit global warming to 1.5-degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
Red Hat was acquired by IBM in 2019, and the company said that its new goal aligns with IBM’s commitment to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
The company outlined a series of initiatives and interim goals it will pursue in order to reach its new target, including reducing operational GHG emissions 65% by 2025, achieving 75% renewable electricity by 2025, and 90% by 2030, and engaging two-thirds of suppliers by 2027 to establish and maintain their own environmental management systems, and set goals to reduce their GHG emissions.
Matt Hicks, President and CEO of Red Hat, said:
“By creating a comprehensive roadmap that is built on our open hybrid cloud strategy and aligned to IBM’s overall climate goals, we will reduce the impact we have on the environment and preserve the planet for generations to come. We all play a role in reducing our carbon footprint and this is just one of the many ways that Red Hat is doing our part.”