Our role in society
Our activities have an impact on the environment and the society in which we operate
We recognize the challenges and risks inherent in our business activities, and take responsibility for managing and minimizing them. However, to build a sustainable future, we need to do more than just reduce our own impact. That is why we also consciously look for ways to fulfill our social role in a broader way.
We offer opportunities to people who are far from the labor market and do everything possible to integrate vulnerable populations, we join the fight against climate change and we join forces with our various partners to share our knowledge and expertise to achieve a more sustainable society.
Our ecological footprint
The CO2 performance ladder is the sustainability tool to reduce our ecological footprint
Iris is committed to sustainable development and firmly believes that good performance can only be achieved if a balance is found between Society, People, Organization and Customer – or in Iris language – BETTERNESS. A important principle in this context is to minimize our ecological footprint. The annual mapping of our carbon footprint enables Iris to monitor its emissions and take measures to reduce carbon emissions while making its business operations more sustainable.
Evolution of CO2 emissions
Iris has reduced its CO2 emissions by 36% in 2020
Iris has reduced its CO2 emissions by 36% in 2020 compared to 2019 for all scopes, mainly because of the COVID-19 crisis with the closure of some sites during lock-down periods and due to the increase of homeworking. The target of 30% reduction for the period 2012 to 2020 has been more than achieved.
Reducing our environmental impact
Our goals for 2030**
Companies have a key role to play in reducing carbon emissions and creating a resilient zero-emission economy.
Iris has already included climate change targets in its strategy. To ensure that targets are consistent with the Paris climate agreement, the Sciences Based Target Initiative (SBTi) model is one of several initiatives that align emissions reduction goals with the latest climate science data’s. Iris decided to use this model to determine its carbon footprint reduction ambitions. The SBTi model is one of the best-known and internationally recognized methods for setting a carbon reduction ambition.
A Science Based Target (SBT) is a target that corresponds to the level of decarbonization deemed necessary to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. A target of 1.5°C became the new norm.
Below is the SBT modeling for scope 1* and 2*, in line with the current SBTi requirements. Under the new absolute reduction approach of the SBT, Iris has decided to reduce its absolute scope 1 and 2 emissions by 46% by 2030 to be in line with the SBT.
* reference year 2019
For indirect CO2 emissions in scope 3* resulting from our activities with customers and suppliers, Iris will conduct a chain analysis to further reduce them and set concrete targets for 2030.
To offset its carbon footprint (2600t/CO₂), Iris decided to support the following projects on 31/5/2021:
- Project certified ‘CO₂ Neutral Label by Vincotte: Zambia‘
As part of the launch of the ‘Iris Landscaping Solutions’ campaign in May 2021, Iris is supporting the Chiquitania Project in Bolivia.