WSP Named CDP Science-Based Targets Partner

WSP was selected as a CDP science-based targets partner, based on the firm’s experience helping clients set greenhouse gas reduction goals that align with climate science and lead to meaningful change.

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WSP was selected as one of three science-based targets (SBT) partners, based on the firm’s experience supporting clients across sectors in setting greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals that align with climate science, and support for client business strategies that lead to meaningful change.

“SBTs link corporate commitments to the scientifically derived needs of the planet to avoid the worst impacts of climate change,” said Josh Nothwang, WSP practice leader for sustainability, energy and climate change. “SBTs help organizations drive innovation, improve reputation and manage risks, while supporting global efforts to mitigate climate change and its impacts.”

There has been a surge in global businesses making science-based emissions reduction commitments through the science-based targets initiative. This has led to an increase in companies seeking help in setting validated targets and implementing strategies.

CDP has built the most comprehensive collection of self-reported environmental data in the world. This collection provides companies with the information and support needed to implement their own science-based targets.

This partnership is a recognition of WSP’s expertise in SBTs. As more clients assess the importance and applicability of science-based GHG reduction targets, this partnership will help highlight WSP’s ability to guide them with their related efforts.

“WSP is already a CDP climate change, water, cities and renewable energy accredited solutions provider,” Nothwang said. “In response to the growing interest in SBTs—and WSP’s experience advising organizations to develop, set and manage SBTs—the firm is now an accredited SBT provider as well.”

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WSP’s multidisciplinary team supports all aspects of the goal setting process, including compiling inventory data, modelling target scenarios, recommending appropriate scope 1, 2, and 3 goals, engaging internal and external stakeholders, and developing action plans for target achievement.

WSP’s ongoing collaboration with CDP across its programs allows members of the firm’s sustainability, energy and climate change team to support new clients as well as new client needs, enabling ongoing learning and professional development.

“WSP has been an accredited solutions provider to CDP since 2011, beginning with its climate change program,” Nothwang said. “We expect our collaboration with CDP to continue to grow and evolve alongside CDP and its programs.”

CDP’s recognition of WSP as an accredited solutions provider for SBTs demonstrates the firm’s market leadership and success in guiding clients toward a low-carbon economy.

In addition to WSP, CDP identified UK-based Carbon Credentials, and Australia/New Zealand-based Environ-Mark Solutions, as SBT partners.

“We are delighted to have launched this new partnership and to be working with these organizations,” said Alberto Carillo Pineda, CDP’s Director of Science-Based Targets. “We are confident that their experience and expertise will be of great value to companies looking to set and implement science-based targets and align their strategies with the goals of the Paris Agreement.”

“CDP aligns its growth with interests of stakeholders and the sustainability community,” Nothwang added. “As WSP continues to support clients in new and emerging sustainability, energy and climate change topics, these efforts will help shape CDPs growth.”

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