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Becoming climate positive: Eden's journey

We’re ‘walking the talk’, transforming our operating systems to eradicate emissions and become a working example of regenerative transformation.

We’ve joined the Race to Zero, through our partners Planet Mark, pledging to become a climate positive organisation by 2030.

What does this mean?

We’re on the journey to net zero and have committed to become a climate positive organisation by 2030.

As well as our target to cut our own carbon emissions by two thirds (66%) by 2030, being climate positive means taking more greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere than we add. To do this, we’re working to create our own carbon sinks by respecting, protecting and restoring nature.

At a glance

  • We’re rebuilding relationships between people and the natural world to help stabilise the climate and create a healthier planet.
  • We’re retrofitting our operating systems to reduce emissions - using green infrastructure, geothermal energy, electric transport.
  • We’re designing future Eden Projects to be built and run sustainably.
  • We’re moving towards low carbon, circular systems - by recovering water, resources and generating our own energy.
  • We’re protecting and repairing nature to create natural carbon stores.
  • We can’t do it alone and will continue to work in partnership with our supply chain, supporting sustainable, regenerative industry outside of the organisation as well.

Eden's climate positive strategy

Video update

*Update: According to the 2023 IPCC AR6 Climate Change Synthesis Report, global net anthropogenic GHG emissions were estimated to be 59 ± 6.6 billion tonnes CO2 equivalent in 2019.

The climate lexicon

Our carbon footprint

To help us understand and tackle our greenhouse gas emissions, we've divided them into three areas (scopes 1-3) that align with UN greenhouse gas protocol guidelines.

Pie chart showing Eden's carbon emissions

Scope 1 (direct – accounts for 14% of our emissions):

  • Heating, cooling, moving around

Scope 2 (indirect – 11%):

  • Bought electricity

Scope 3 (external – 75%):

  • Buying in food, goods, materials (includes the CO2 produced in making and transporting things), travel (staff, visitors, suppliers) and building things

Reducing our carbon footprint

We aim to reduce total emissions by 7% each year. 

By March 2025, we aim to have reduced scope 1 and 2 emissions by 50% and scope 3 emissions by 28%.

By March 2030, we aim to have reduced scope 1 and 2 emissions by 100% and scope 3 emissions by 55%.

These targets will be reviewed regularly (at least every 5 years, in line with the Paris Agreement) and our progress will be reported publicly every year. 

Progress on our carbon footprint so far

2021/22 compared to 2019/20:

  • We reduced our emissions by 17% – ahead of our target.
  • We reduced our direct/scope 1 emissions by 22%.
  • We reduced our indirect/scope 2 emissions (using the grid average carbon emissions factor) by 31%.
  • With Planet Mark we calculated* that we reduced our external/scope 3 emissions by 14%. 

*Emissions calculations follow the GHG (greenhouse gas) Protocol for Corporate Emission Reporting and are verified and certified by Planet Mark for scope 1, 2 and limited scope 3 emissions.

By 2030

The future

We’ve still got more to do in the Race to Zero:

Our plans

Join us on the journey

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Further reading

CO₂ levels today

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