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Interface, the first global flooring company to set science based targets to reduce CO2 emissions

Flooring manufacturer Interface is known the world over as one of the most influential and purpose driven businesses that exists.

Over the past 25 years Interface has transformed the take-make-waste system as part of their Mission Zero goal which was realized in 2019.

The steps taken since that momentous moment has been driven by the need to reduce Carbon Emissions and in October 2021, Interface became the first global flooring company to receive third-party validation of its 2030 greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets as science-based. This approval from the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) confirms that their emission reduction targets are in line with the level of decarbonization required to keep global temperature increase to 1.5°C compared to pre-industrial temperatures. Set at the following; Reduce absolute scope 1 & 2 emissions by 50% and Reduce absolute scope 3 emissions from purchase and sale of goods and services by 50%.

They also became the first flooring company to sign The Climate Pledge, a commitment to net zero carbon by 2040 co-founded by Amazon and Global Optimism. The Climate Pledge is a community of 200+ signatories working together to address the climate crisis by decarbonizing the economy, and Interface is proud to offer their expertise to this growing movement.

These announcements happened in the same month as the new BioBased carbon negative carpet tiles, called CQuest™Bio and CQuest™BioX from Interface were revealed to the New Zealand market. Fast forward a few months and 12,000m2 of carbon neutral, closed loop, bio-based flooring is now installed in the Statistics New Zealand Building.

Carbon Neutrality is the way of the future and the building industry being responsible for over 20% of global emissions is in a position to make a great difference by leading the way and taking these positive steps towards the future.

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