At Bulb, we’re committing to reach net zero emissions by 2030. This means limiting our company’s carbon footprint in line with keeping global warming to below 1.5°C – the critical level of heating to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis. And we’ll continue to offset the emissions in our supply chain that we cannot eliminate right now.
The commitments we’re making
As part of our net zero commitment, we will:
Measure all our global organisation’s scope 1-3 greenhouse gas emissions, and report them publicly each year.
Publish more details about how we plan to reach net zero by the end of 2021.
Continue to be a carbon neutral business in all our locations across the globe.
Appoint a member of our Senior Leadership Team to be responsible and accountable for our net zero target.
Continue thinking about how to communicate our climate commitments in other meaningful ways, including to our members.
Report on our progress to the Bulb Board annually, and on our website.
Not hide our challenges on the way to achieving our ambitious targets.
We’ve made good progress already
We’re a carbon neutral company, and have been since 2019. But we know we need to go further.
To be carbon neutral, we first measure how many emissions our business creates in all the countries we operate in. We do this by following the ‘Greenhouse Gas Protocol’, the global framework for measuring emissions. This categorises emissions into three ‘scopes’ - direct emissions (known as ‘scope 1’) and indirect emissions (known as ‘scope 2 and 3’).
We report on our carbon emissions each year. We’re big believers that you can’t reduce what you can’t measure.
Taking CO2 out of the heat we supply
At Bulb, our biggest source of emissions comes from the non-green gas we supply our members in the UK. So, for us, reaching net zero is all about decarbonising heat.
Today, there’s only enough green gas to meet 1% of the UK’s gas demand. And there’s no other low carbon heating technology that exists at enough scale to supply our 1.7 million members.
We know we’ve got an important role to play in changing how heat is supplied in the UK. But we can’t do it alone. We’ll need to work with the government, other tech companies, and all parts of the energy sector, to help us get there.
Making a net zero plan
We’ve already made great progress. But just like anything worth doing, it will take time to work out the details. We’re on track to publish our plan to reach net zero this year. And we look forward to sharing our journey as we go.
Working together to accelerate progress
We believe that we can accelerate progress if we work together with other businesses. We hope that by sharing our experiences and learnings on the way, we can make an even bigger impact reducing emissions around the world
We’re leading the Tech Zero taskforce: a group of UK tech companies working together to tackle the climate crisis and make the UK the top global destination for green investment.
We’re part of the B Corp Climate Collective, a group of more than 500 B Corps who have also set net zero targets by 2030. So far, it’s the world’s biggest collective effort from businesses on climate action.
We’re also a member of the UN’s Race to Zero - a global campaign to rally leadership and build support for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery. And we’ve signed up to Terra Carta, a charter led by the Prince of Wales. It forms the basis of a green recovery plan that puts nature, people and planet at the heart of business.