Republic Services reports on progress towards 2030 climate goals and reaffirms emissions accounting

Republic Services’ latest round of sustainability reports were released on Tuesday, with signs of progress toward the company’s long-term goals.

The Arizona-based company rolled out several new environmental, social and governance goals in 2019 as its plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions was subsequently endorsed by the international community. Science Based Targets Initiative – certification at least one other competitor is also continue now. The Last of the Republic Working Group on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures report took a expanded appearance at physical hazards over the next decade and beyond – particularly how rising temperatures could affect employee safety and changes in rainfall could affect facilities.

Republic also reported on ongoing efforts to reduce the number of employees deathto improve injury rateraise employee engagement scores and grow charitable giving levels.

Here is the progress, against 2017 baselines, on its environmental targets up to last year:

Target: Reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 10% by 2025, 35% by 2030

Update: 9% off from 2017 to 2021

The Republic has has restated its emissions to 2017 to take into account the impacts of acquisitions (during a period of active expansion in recent years), divestitures and the adoption of the Solid Waste Industry Emissions Accounting Standard for Climate Solutions . SWICS, developed by waste treatment companies and academics in 2007, has already been adopted by other industry players who believe it better represents their efforts to mitigate landfill emissions through capture practices. and gas coverage. Some in the industry believe that other modeling tools overestimate emissions from landfills, while the US EPA previously disagreed.

Following the recalculation, Republic’s Scope 1 emissions in 2020 increased slightly (from 13.21 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent to 14.07 million). The company’s Scope 1 emissions in 2021 were 13.64 millionwith 11.95 million from landfills and 1.45 million from the fleet.

While 21% of Republic’s fleet is currently powered by natural gas, the company is more focused on electrification as a long-term strategy. He reported a handful of electric collection vehicles deployed in Idaho and North Carolina in 2021, with more expected this year.

Goal: Increase beneficial reuse of biogas by 50% by 2030, to 110.1 billion standard cubic feet (bcf)

Update: 76.2 billion cubic feet in 2021compared to 72.1 in 2020

Republic said it has participated in 69 landfill gas-to-energy projects through 2021, with 56% of the gas captured last year was flared and 44% used for power. Moving forward, spurred in part by a joint venture with Archaea Energy out of 39 renewable natural gas projects, the company aims to “capture and beneficially reuse” 70% of its landfill gas by 2027.

Target: Increase “recovery and circularity” of key materials by 40% on a combined basis by 2030, to 3.4 million tonnes

Update: 2.6 million tons recovered in 2021, as in 2020

Republic defines these ppriority products such ascardboard, metals, plastics, organic materials and paper”, an update of an earlier definition which also included “biogas and oil”. Its report touts plans for several plastics recycling facilities, including one to launch next year in Las Vegas, as a key driver. He also cites growing investments in the recycling of organic materials, in part through policies such as California law SB 1383.

According to a disclosure report, Republic provided recycling service to 75% of its municipal and open-market residential customers and 26% of its small and large container commercial customers in 2021. Organics service was provided to 25% of residential customers and 2% of business customers. In a separate disclosureRepublic estimated a 12.3% diversion rate for recycling and organics from the 47.2 million metric tons of materials sent to its own landfills. GloballyRepublic managed 101.6 million tons of waste in 2021.

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