Dr Martens’ net zero targets approved by SBTi

Dr Martens’ 2040 net zero targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

“This verification confirms that our net zero target is based on the latest climate science, and meets the urgent need to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees,” the shoe retailer wrote on LinkedIn.

The brand aims to reduce scope 1 and 2 emissions by 90% by 2030 and reduce its scope 3 emissions by 30%.

By 2040, Dr Martens will maintain at least 90% absolute reductions of scope 1 and 2 and reduce scope 3 by 90%.

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The retailer is also focusing on reducing emissions from leather production and has agreed to SBTi’s Forest, Land and Agriculture (FLAG) Guidance, a method allowing companies to reduce 22% of GHGs from agriculture, forestry and other land use.

“Leather accounts for a significant portion of our total emissions profile so we have set specific leather emissions reduction targets according to FLAG,” Dr Martens stated.

Other targets include increasing sourcing of renewable electricity to 100% by 2026 and continue this through to 2030.

Dr Martens has also committed to no deforestation across its primary deforestation-linked commodities by 2025.

The bootmaker recently announced a shoe repair service in the UK in a move to make its products “great again” and keep them in circulation for longer.

At the time, Dr Martens CEO Kenny Wilson said the services will appeal to “people who are into sustainability and who don’t want to buy new things, and others who have a loved pair and want to make them great again.”

Earlier this year, Dr Martens started using recycled leather at its Northampton factory for some of its boots in a bid to have 100% of its footwear made from sustainable materials by 2040.

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