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Set a science based target and reduce emissions

(We can’t believe we need to say this, but...) Climate change is caused by humans, and without immediate intervention, it will fundamentally disrupt the environment, society, and the economy in very painful ways. Working together, the private sector, public sector, and citizens must play as a team and take bold action.

At Atlassian, we hold a strong belief that we should not #@!% the planet (and the people living on it) and that we should be setting ambitious goals to make sure we are role models for businesses and governments around the world to take action.

Goals

We’ve set science-based targets to limit warming to 1.5°C and achieve net-zero emissions by no later than 2050.

100% renewable by 2025 – achieved 4 years early!

Reduce our operational emissions (scope 1-2) by 50% by 2025

Encourage suppliers making up 65% of emissions to adopt SBTs of their own

Reduce our business travel emissions by 25% by 2025

Atlassian needs your partnership to achieve our Net Zero goals!

In FY21 Atlassian’s suppliers made up more than 90% of our overall carbon emissions. This is why working with our suppliers to set their own Science Based Targets (SBTs) to reduce emissions will help us all move as one team to a low carbon future and protect people and the ecosystem we operate in. We see this as an opportunity to work more closely with our suppliers and learn from each other as we take on this challenge together.

Step 1

Setting Science Based Targets to reduce your emissions may seem really overwhelming at first but what we’ve learned from the last 24 months is that it’s totally doable and Atlassian is here to help!

We recommend starting with reading up on the SBT resources below and then make a commitment to set a Science Based Target. You’ll have plenty of time to nail out the details of your emissions reductions targets.

Step 2

If you haven’t already measured your company’s carbon emissions, that’s ok. The next step is to set your baseline. Think of emissions calculations like accounting. There is very clear guidance (Greenhouse Gas Protocol) to help ensure you capture everything and calculate appropriately.

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Scope 1 - Direct emissions from sources owned or controlled by the company, such as combustion of fuels on-site or in owned or leased vehicles.

Scope 2 - Indirect emissions from generation of purchased electricity, heating, cooling, or steam used for company operations.

Scope 3 - Other indirect emissions in the company’s value chain resulting from activities such as product manufacturing, business travel, transportation & distribution, etc.

Step 3

Once you have a sense for your baseline emissions data, you can use the SBT guidance to set your emissions reductions targets. This is also more straight forward than you’d imagine! Once you land your targets you’ll submit them to the SBT committee for approval.

Step 4

Know that these are all long term goals (for example Atlassians interim targets are 2025) and you don’t have to have all the answers for how you’ll achieve your goals before you set them - we certainly didn’t!

Once our goals were approved we got to work in putting together plans for how to make progress on them. This is new territory for everyone and there will be a lot of unanswered questions but that’s nothing new for our businesses!

Part of this is about setting the right north star for your company and leaning into your values (Atlassian icon Be the Change You Seek) to help guide your ambition. We hope that this will be a source of innovation for you (it has been for us) and look forward to sharing our journey and hearing about yours as we all help each other!


Need more information?

Strategy: Frameworks such as the Carbon Productivity Portfolio
Support: Organizations like Climate Corps Graduate Fellowship Program and many consulting firms

SBT Resources:

Contact the Science Based Targets Initiative here.

Measuring Emissions Resources:

Check out our Annual Sustainability Report here to see what we are working towards.
 


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