NTT DATA revises their "Carbon-neutral Vision 2050" to support SBTi Net-Zero

Published on: 14 July 2022
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NTT DATA, a global digital business and IT services leader, has revised the Carbon-neutral Vision 2050, its plan for responding to climate change, by adding a new long-term target of achieving net zero*1 carbon emissions by 2050. This revised vision supports the Corporate Net-Zero Standard*2 announced by the Science Based Targets initiative in October 2021.

NTT DATA sets targets and pursues measures to address the problem of climate change. In June 2020, NTT DATA Group received certification from the SBTi for its GHG emissions reduction target of "a 60% reduction in Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions from FY 2016 level by FY 2030 (1.5°C target), and a 55% reduction in Scope 3 emissions from FY 2016 level by FY 2030."

In March 2021, NTT DATA signed the "Business Ambition for 1.5°C"*4 commitment aiming to lower GHG emissions to substantially zero by 2050, and established the NTT DATA Carbon-neutral Vision 2050, its plan for addressing climate change. Based on this vision, NTT DATA is pursing two types of Green Innovation—helping clients and society become greener in order to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 (Green Innovation by IT), and reducing GHG emissions across its own supply chain (Green Innovation of IT).

In response to the SBTi's clarification of the Net-Zero standard in October 2021, NTT DATA has now revised the "NTT DATA Carbon-neutral Vision 2050."

To achieve Net Zero in Scope 1-3*5 by 2050, NTT DATA plans to reduce Scope 1, 2, and 3 greenhouse gas emissions by 90% or more, with the remaining 10% or less offset by carbon removal as stipulated by the SBTi. To ensure that targets are met by 2050, NTT DATA has also set a near-term target for carbon neutrality in Scope 1 and 2 by 2040. Based on this vision, NTT DATA will cut GHG emissions, including in its supply chain, and pursue Green Innovation to contribute to net zero emissions for its clients and society.

NTT DATA's specific measures and activities for 2050 Net Zero

1. Reducing emissions from the Company (Scope 1 and 2), and furthering carbon neutrality in the ICT industry

NTT DATA pursues initiatives with domestic businesses and overseas group companies to cut its GHG emissions. As of April 2022, all of the electricity used in running ANSER®, CAFIS®, and OpenCanvas®, the main services provided by the Company in Japan, has been derived from 100% renewable sources*6. NTT DATA will continue to pursue energy savings, aiming for 100% renewable energy for the electricity used in its data centers, by 2030. NTT DATA is also working to develop and promote the widespread use of "green software" to decrease the use of hardware that results in GHG emissions. The Company is a steering member of the Green Software Foundation*7, a global non-profit group established in May 2021.

2. Reducing GHG emissions across the supply chain (Scope 3)

In April 2022, NTT DATA became the first Japanese company to join the CDP Supply Chain Program, the international NGO that runs the platform for environment-related disclosure, as a Premium member, and is working to achieve carbon neutrality by cutting GHG emissions throughout its supply chain*8. In April 2022, NTT DATA established the non-profit organization Estainium Association, together with 14 other members. This association supports industrial decarbonization by offering an open foundation for the trustworthy exchange of GHG emissions data (product carbon footprint data) among all companies in a supply chain, supporting carbon neutrality for industry*9.

3. Removing the carbon remaining after reductions in GHG emissions

NTT DATA is working with government bodies and other corporations to pursue measures for carbon absorption utilizing forestry credits, both in Japan and overseas. In February and March 2022, the Company conducted demonstration experiments for CO2 reductions of "blue carbon," the carbon absorbed by marine ecosystems in Kamiamakusa-city in Japan.*10. These measures maximize reductions in GHG emissions, and remove leftover carbon.

Future Plans

NTT DATA will continue to pursue reductions in Scope 1, 2, and 3 GHG emissions, aiming for net zero emissions in 2050. The Company will also work in cooperation with CDP, other companies, and a wide range of stakeholders to support net zero emissions in industry and society.

NTT Green Innovation toward 2040

NTT Group announced its environmental vision "NTT Green Innovation toward 2040" on September 28, 2021, setting goals for an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (compared to FY2013), and carbon neutrality in the mobile and data centers businesses by FY2030, and to achieve full carbon neutrality by FY2040. NTT Group is expanding its initiatives for carbon neutrality to society at large, supporting the Japanese government's target of a 46% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (compared to FY2013 levels) by FY2030, and carbon neutrality by 2050.

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