Jaguar Land Rover has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions across its own operations by 46 per cent in absolute value by 2030. In addition, the company will cut average vehicle emissions across its value chains by 54 per cent, including a 60 per cent reduction throughout the use phase of its vehicles.
The goals, which have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), confirm the company’s pathway to a 1.5°C emissions reduction in line with the Paris Agreement and supporting the UNFCCC Race to Zero.
Science Based Targets
Q: What is the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)?
A: The SBTi is a partnership between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The SBTi call to action is one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments.
The initiative drives ambitious climate action in the private sector by enabling organisations to set science-based emissions reduction targets by 2030.
Q: How does the SBTi work?
A: Science-based targets provide a clearly-defined pathway for companies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, helping prevent the worst impacts of climate change and future-proof business growth.
Targets are considered ‘science-based’ if they are in line with what the latest climate science deems necessary to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement – limiting global warming to well-below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C.
Setting a science-based target is a five-step process: companies must first commit to the targets by submitting a letter establishing their intent to set a science-based target. Next, companies develop an emissions reduction target in line with the SBTi’s criteria, before presenting the target to the SBTi for official validation. Then, companies must announce their targets and inform stakeholders and finally disclose company-wide emissions and track target progress annually.
Q: What has Jaguar Land Rover committed to?
A: Jaguar Land Rover has committed to reduce scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions from its own activities, which include vehicle manufacture and logistics, by 46% by FY2030 from a FY2020 base year.
Additionally, Jaguar Land Rover has committed to reduce scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions from purchased goods and services and use of sold products, by 54% intensity per vehicle, sold by FY2030 from a FY2020 base year. Within that, the company commits to reduce scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions throughout the use phase of its vehicles by 60% within the same timeframe.
Q: How were these targets developed?
A: The targets were developed in accordance with SBTi advice, methodology and guidance. We reviewed our current base line and then worked towards setting targets that would help benefit the Paris Agreement goals. In order to set the targets, all areas of the business were involved to build a robust picture of the factors that impact climate change across Jaguar Land Rover.
Q: Why has Jaguar Land Rover committed to these targets now? / Why did you not make this announcement back in 2021?
A: Jaguar Land Rover is committed to delivering a sustainability-rich reimagination of modern luxury, unique customer experiences, and positive societal impact through its global Reimagine strategy.
During the COP26 climate conference, Jaguar Land Rover committed to the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi) business ambition of a 1.5°C emissions reduction, in accordance with the Paris Agreement.
We then set about developing emissions reduction targets in line with the process set out by the SBTi. This pathway to 1.5°C emissions reduction has been officially approved by the SBTi and will enable Jaguar Land Rover to report on company-wide emissions and track target progress.
About Jaguar Land Rover
Q: How do these targets form part of the wider company strategy?
A: Sustainability is at the heart of Jaguar Land Rover’s global Reimagine strategy.
The company aims to achieve net zero carbon emissions across its supply chain, products and operations by 2039. Central to this strategy is the electrification of both the Land Rover and Jaguar brands, and all nameplates will be available in pure electric form by the end of the decade. In addition, manufacturing and operations, our supply chain decarbonisation, and circularity in our processes play an instrumental role for our net carbon zero ambition.
These ambitious, science-based targets establish the pathway to achieve our goals, setting out our first-decade commitment to 2030, followed by a second-decade ambition for net zero emissions across supply chain, product, and operations by 2039.
Q: Why has it taken Jaguar Land Rover longer than its competitors to make this commitment?
In 2021, Jaguar Land Rover announced our aim to achieve net zero carbon emissions across our supply chain, products and operations by 2039 through our Reimagine strategy.
All Jaguar and Land Rover nameplates will be available in pure electric form by the end of this decade. To support this, we have already confirmed that Jaguar will become an all-electric brand by 2025, and the first all-electric Land Rover will be launched in 2024. This will be followed by a total of six pure electric models by 2026.
During COP26, Jaguar Land Rover announced its commitment to the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi) business ambition of 1.5ºC emissions reduction, which will help us to deliver decarbonisation across the lifecycle of our products and operations in line with our Paris 2050 Climate Accord responsibilities.
In addition, our UK vehicle manufacturing and product development sites have previously been certified as carbon neutral by the Carbon Trust. Similarly, our Advanced Product Centre in Gaydon, UK, was extended and redeveloped in 2019, adding over 11 hectares of new landscaping, increasing the natural habitat on the site by 25%, along with special programmes to boost biodiversity.
About Jaguar Land Rover’s supply chain
Q: What is Jaguar Land Rover’s policy on supply chain materials?
A: We adopt circular economy principles, consciously innovating throughout our operations, actively reusing and recycling, and continuing to close the loop on precious raw materials.
Our designers and engineers are committed to developing the next generation of sustainable materials that will feature on future Jaguar and Land Rover models. We place a great deal of focus on the creation of new sustainable materials, using the latest, most innovative techniques and textiles. For example, last year Jaguar Land Rover partnered with supply chain traceability provider Circulor, leading UK leather manufacturer Bridge of Weir Leather Company and the University of Nottingham to trial the use of traceability technology to ensure full transparency within a sustainable leather supply chain.
Q: What is Jaguar Land Rover’s policy on battery recycling?
A: Jaguar Land Rover is committed to net zero carbon emissions across its supply chain, product portfolio and operational footprint by 2039. As an early adopter of circular economy principles, we will continue to meet our obligation on end-of-life batteries with the support of environmental services providers Veolia and EDI, whilst also investing in future battery recycling technology to secure future sustainable supplies of rare materials.
To this end, we recently announced a partnership with Pramac, a global leader in the energy sector, to develop a portable zero-emission energy storage unit powered by second-life Jaguar I-PACE batteries. The partnership is the first in Jaguar Land Rover’s plans to create new circular economy business models for its vehicle batteries.