Environment

Atos is committed to the most demanding 1.5ºC Science-based Target

Atos is fully aware of its responsibility to the planet and strives to be an environmental pioneer in the digital sector

Atos commits to net-zero greenhouse gases emissions by 2039 at latest. A date which is 11 years ahead of the ambitious aim of the UN Paris Agreement on Climate Change to limit the global warming of the planet to 1.5°C compared to pre-industrial levels.

Conscious of the role we can play, Atos initiated a pioneering and ambitious environmental program 12 years ago. Based on policies (notably the environmental policy), processes, guidelines and action plans underpinned by the Environmental Management System (EMS), Atos is organized to achieve the emission reductions and energy efficiency needed to fight climate change.

  • Between 2019 and 2021, the Group’s GHG emissions (Scopes 1, 2 and 3) decreased by 27%, reaching 2.406 M tCO2e in absolute emissions.
  • In 2021, Atos participated in COP26, where it presented its innovative data platforms, Terra² and MyCO2Compass, to help drive the net-zero transformation of its clients.
  • Atos placed its first sustainability-linked bond which supports its Sustainability Performance Target (SPT) to reduce Atos’s annual GHG emissions (Scopes 1, 2 & 3) by 50% by 2025 compared to 2019.
  • In 2021, 90% of Atos’s main sites (datacenters and offices) were ISO 14001 certified or in the process of being certified.

Our environmental journey

Our environmental program is focused on reducing the environmental impacts of our activities based on environmental awareness and empowerment of our employees. With a solid plan addressing Atos material challenge, especially reducing carbon emissions, reducing & optimizing energy/travel, and if relevant, developing Green IT and IT for Green offers, the Atos Environmental Program has significantly reduced our carbon footprint, meeting the most demanding scientific objectives of the Science-Based Target initiative (SBTi) to keep global warming at 1.5 °C.

Our near- and long-term emissions reduction targets and our net-zero target align or exceed the new SBTi Net-Zero Standard criteria disclosed at the end of 2021.

2008

Atos launches its Environmental Program and focuses on climate emergency

2014

All Atos’ main sites must enter the ISO 14001 certification process and get certified

2015

Climate change commitments are made by Atos as part of the Paris Agreement1

2016

Atos’ CO2 reduction targets are now part of the Group’s 3-year Strategic Plans

2017

The SBT initiative validates Atos’ carbon intensity target for 2050 (-86% versus 2012)

2018

Atos’ absolute CO2e emissions are reduced by -50% between 2012 and 2018

2019

Atos offset 100% of its carbon operational perimeter 50/50 carbon capture and wind-farms projects

2020

Atos commits to the 1.5°C SBT by 2025 and to reach Net Zero emissions by 2035

2021

Atos commits to Net Zero emissions as early as 2028 (i.e. 22 years ahead of the Paris COP 21 Agreement)

2022

Atos confirms its commitment to reduce its emissions by 50% between 2019 and 2025 and by 90% by 2039 at the latest (11 years before the SBTi recommendation).

1Paris Agreement: the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, when the agreement to set a goal of limiting global warming to “well below 2 °C” compared to pre-industrial levels was signed.

Related resources

Environmental Policy Principles

Atos’s Executive Management approved a Global Environmental Policy which sets out the path for minimizing our environmental footprint. The policy applies to all divisions, support functions and all geographies.

Carbon offsetting Factsheets

To offset its CO2 emissions of all its activities, Atos invests in global offsetting program in partnership with EcoAct focusing on wind farms in India, and two reforestation projects in Brazil and in Ethiopia, contributing directly to UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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