Ten principles that will help companies achieve net zero

By Becci Knowles
Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, Mars, Amcor, Bayer, Stepan Company and Solvay SA join forces in a net-zero initiative, led by Science Group Sustainability

R&D and science and technology leadership from Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo and Mars as well as packaging specialist Amcor, Bayer's crop science division and chemicals firms Stepan Company and Solvay SA have joined forces to identify ten principles that will help companies as they journey towards net zero, in an initiative led by Science Group Sustainability

The group met regularly over a 12-month period as part of a Science Group Sustainability CTO Forum. They analysed challenges hindering carbon reduction and considered ways to resolve them. Together, they identified ten principles that will help companies as they journey towards net zero. These range from articulating carbon and other sustainability themes as distinct but related issues, to ensuring carbon impact is part of any conversation about innovation.

Collaboration leads to development of Net Zero Playbook

The collaboration has culminated in Science Group Sustainability developing a Net Zero Playbook and publishing an abridged version outlining the strategies trialled by the seven participants. It demonstrates how the R&D function can evoke new ways of thinking and working that prioritise reduction of carbon emissions. It also includes a maturity model detailing and describing the ten principles that companies can embrace as they commit to, plan, and act on goals.  

Michael Zeitlyn, President Advisory Services at Science Group Sustainability, says that while the specifics vary between companies and industry sectors, there are many common challenges and much can be learned from each other, not least the need for a joined-up effort both within the organisation and across the supply chain.

"Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is complex and brings immense technical challenges," Zeitlyn explains. "Innovation has a vital role to play, but it can't go far enough in isolation. We need to see strategic alignment across multiple business functions, from R&D and product stewardship to procurement and compliance departments. We are all on a journey to net zero, and it's going to be tough, but we can achieve more when we work together."

About Science Group Sustainability

Science Group Sustainability is a cross-divisional entity set up by Science Group, the parent company of R&D consultancy Sagentia Innovation, Leatherhead Food Research and regulatory consultancy TSG Consulting

Science Group Sustainability combines expertise and knowledge from across Science Group companies. Science Group is a science-led advisory and product development organisation. The Group has three divisions:

  • R&D Consultancy: providing advisory, applied science and product development services cross-sector helping clients derive maximum return on their R&D investments.
  • Regulatory & Compliance: helping clients in highly regulated markets to launch, market and defend products internationally, navigating the frequently complex and fragmented regulatory ecosystems.
  • Frontier Smart Technologies: designing and manufacturing chips and modules for the DAB/DAB+ radio markets with 80% market share (excluding the automotive market)

With more than 400 employees worldwide, primarily scientists and engineers and speaking more than 30 languages collectively, the Group has R&D centres in Cambridge and Epsom with more than ten additional offices in Europe, Asia and North America.


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