The first consumer electronics company to provide detailed carbon-impact data on all of its products, Logitech says all of its products and operations will be carbon neutral by the end of 2021.
Today, Logitech International announced its new climate-positive approach, which will see the company addressing its carbon footprint across the entire value chain (Scope 1, 2, and 3) to achieve carbon neutrality this year, and net-zero emissions by 2030 — and eventually, climate positivity.
As the IPCC not so gently reminded us recently, the world needs to act much faster to combat climate change and its impacts. Therefore, the Swiss consumer electronics giant is accelerating its previous commitments in support of the Paris Agreement and RE100, and committing to remove more carbon than it creates by shifting to renewable energy sources and investing in environmental restoration programs.
“Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our generation. Yet reduction of the net carbon output levels caused by human action isn’t happening fast enough — we need to do more now to help shape a climate-positive future,” states Bracken Darrell, CEO of Logitech. “We are accelerating our climate strategy to be carbon neutral this year, across all of Logitech activities and products. We will be net zero by 2030, with an ultimate goal to become climate positive. We’re going beyond what countries have committed to in the Paris Agreement and we’re doing it 20 years earlier, because it’s work that cannot wait.”
In order for Logitech to achieve net zero by 2030 and climate positivity thereafter, the company has set forth science-based targets that support a Reduce - Renew - Restore strategy with specific programs focused on minimizing energy-intensive products and activities across the company’s product portfolio, operations, value chain and product lifecycle:
Logitech’s commitment to Design for Sustainability aims to eliminate all new products’ potential carbon footprint — with innovation in materials, energy efficiency, packaging, production processes, circularity and more — before it arises. The intention is also to revise and update existing products and processes to reduce the impact of existing activities year-on-year. Many Logitech products have already switched to using post-consumer recycled plastics and recyclable packaging, among other lower-carbon options.
Utilizing renewable electricity from sources such as solar and wind is an integral component to Logitech’s energy strategy. Logitech uses a science-based approach in conjunction with life-cycle analysis capability to determine the company's direct carbon emissions (Scope 1 & 2) and indirect, value chain emissions (Scope 3) — with a goal of being powered exclusively by renewable electricity by 2030.
Achieving climate positivity means eliminating a company’s full scope of emissions (Scope 1, 2, and 3). Over the next nine years, Logitech says it will progressively increase investments in third-party-certified, nature-based renewables and social projects to offset unavoidable carbon emissions, as well as remove carbon out of the air. This year, Logitech is expanding its restoration investments through a multi-year carbon-sequestration project in Fangcheng County, Henan Province, China; the company plans to progressively increase investment in projects that capture and remove carbon, to rectify the damage caused over the last century and restore natural environments.
In June 2020, Logitech became the first consumer electronics company to provide detailed carbon-impact labeling on product packaging across its entire portfolio — helping to increase consumer awareness of the impacts of their purchases, which could eventually make them partners in helping the company tackle its Scope 3 emissions.