Abt has a strong portfolio of projects that address climate change all over the world. We assess and spotlight climate risks, facilitate financing for clean energy, and uncover cost-effective, life-saving adaptation strategies. And we address climate change every day through our own operations.
In 2015, we committed to decarbonize by the year 2050. We set our first emissions reduction target at a 25 percent reduction from the base year 2012 by 2021, focusing on our U.S.-based operations. By implementing key efficiency strategies in global transportation and energy use, we met that target early. To date, Abt has reduced emissions by 49.7 percent.
We account for our own internal emissions with the same rigor that we apply to project work around the world. Abt’s greenhouse gas inventory is regularly externally verified; the 2018 verification for the first time captured Abt’s global emissions from our Australia- and Britain-based operations, and indirect emissions related to air travel, employee commuting, and data colocations. This steady progress toward decarbonization is a point of pride, as aggressive curbing of emissions is critical for the well-being of people worldwide. We have begun developing Abt’s next interim target for 2026, which will feature a global scope and science-based methodology limiting warming to 1.5°C.