3rd November 2020

Bonnier Books sets out sustainability goal – to be beyond carbon neutral by 2021

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Bonnier Books sets out sustainability goal – to be beyond carbon neutral by 2021

After a sustained focus on reducing its environmental impact over the years, the Bonnier Books is today announcing the crystallisation of its ambitions into a new set of sustainability goals.

Bonnier Books, including Bonnier Books UK, aims to be beyond carbon neutral by 2021 – meaning that from next year the organisation will be taking 20% more carbon from the atmosphere, than it creates through its operations.

Bonnier Books aims to achieve this in three ways:

  • Reduce: transforming its business operations with a 25% decrease in emissions by 2025
  • Offset: funding projects that grow, restore and protect our natural forests to compensate for any emissions Bonnier Books can’t (yet) avoid, from 2021
  • Capture: going one step further in 2021, Bonnier Books pledges to remove 20% more greenhouse gases through investment in these projects, than it emits as an organisation

Perminder Mann, CEO of Bonnier Books UK, said: ‘We started the year publishing The Future We Choose, an important manifesto for positive climate action, and so it feels fitting that as this tumultuous year draws to a close, that remind ourselves that the future of our planet remains a top priority.

‘As a family-owned business, we like to think in terms of generations, not quarters. Offsetting our emissions is a crucial element in our strategy, however, the overwhelming priority is for us to reduce our emissions in the first place. We are humble to this challenge and plan for these new targets to focus our efforts.

‘We don’t see the environment as a lever for competition. With much fantastic work already taking place across our industry, we hope that through sharing and collaboration, we will accelerate our collective progress. By publishing more ethically and sustainably, we hope that many future generations will also have the opportunity to enjoy stories that engage, inspire and educate.’

Further information and environmental progress updates will be shared in due course.