OSAKA, Japan and CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, May 31, 2022 – Takeda (TSE:4502/NYSE:TAK) shared in its annual letter to shareholders issued on May 30, 2022, an updated commitment to reaching net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In this update, Takeda announced an accelerated goal to achieve net-zero GHG emissions related to operations, including scopes 1 and 2, before 2035 and for its entire value chain, including currently estimated1 scope 3 GHG emissions, before 2040.2 Previously, Takeda committed to reaching net-zero GHG emissions for scopes 1 and 2 and a 50% reduction in scope 3 emissions by 2040.
“The health of our planet and the health of people are inextricably linked—reducing carbon emissions and minimizing our environmental footprint is essential to driving sustainable growth,” said Christophe Weber, president and chief executive officer of Takeda. “This accelerated commitment is ambitious but comes from a recognition that we can do more to be responsible and ethical stewards of the planet we share.”
Takeda has set robust environmental sustainability goals aligned with current climate science. The company achieved carbon neutrality for the first time in 2020 (for its fiscal year 2019) across its value chain for scopes 1, 2, and currently estimated scope 3 GHG emissions, delivered by a continued focus on internal energy conservation measures, an increased use of renewable energy and the purchase of high-quality carbon offsets. In addition to carbon neutrality, Takeda has made natural resource conservation commitments supporting water stewardship, responsible waste management and biodiversity, and incorporated sustainability principles into its product development stages to minimize the impact of products and packaging throughout their life cycles. For more information on Takeda’s priorities in advancing environmental sustainability, please visit: https://www.takeda.com/corporate-responsibility/reporting-on-sustainability/planet/.
Takeda is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan, committed to discover and deliver life-transforming treatments, guided by our commitment to patients, our people and the planet. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas: Oncology, Rare Genetics and Hematology, Neuroscience, and Gastroenterology (GI). We also make targeted R&D investments in Plasma-Derived Therapies and Vaccines. We are focusing on developing highly innovative medicines that contribute to making a difference in people’s lives by advancing the frontier of new treatment options and leveraging our enhanced collaborative R&D engine and capabilities to create a robust, modality-diverse pipeline. Our employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients and to working with our partners in health care in approximately 80 countries and regions. For more information, visit https://www.takeda.com.
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1 A lack of transparency into, and a difficulty measuring, actual Scope 3 emissions remains an important challenge to overcome as part of these efforts.
2 Takeda defines carbon neutrality and net zero emissions in accordance with The Greenhouse Gas Protocol. Additional information on our carbon neutrality efforts and other environmental sustainability programs is available at https://www.takeda.com/corporate-responsibility/reporting-on-sustainability/planet/.