IVC Evidensia Sets Out Decarbonisation Strategy

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Established in 2021, the IVC Evidensia Positive Pawprint strategy outlines our commitment to set and share new standards of sustainability in animal health.

The climate emergency impacts us all and the global healthcare sector, covering both human and animal health, is responsible for an estimated 4-5% of the world’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  

As one of the world’s largest veterinary groups, we have a responsibility to use our scale and influence to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, both within our own operations and also more widely across the veterinary profession.  

The IVC Evidensia Board has agreed to a decarbonisation strategy which will support a science-based rate of decarbonisation. Our proposed targets are, by 2030, to reduce absolute Scope 1&2 emissions by 50% and Scope 3 emissions by 30% (from a 2022 base year). By 2050, we will seek to reduce Group emissions to Net-zero. These targets have been submitted to the Science-Based Targets initiative for validation, but in the meantime, we have already started to develop the workstreams needed to deliver the goals.   

Note: Scope 1 and 2 targets are aligned with a 1.5°C science-based rate of decarbonisation and have been submitted to SBTi for validation. Targets measured from a 2022 base year. 

Embedding sustainability across a business the size of IVC Evidensia is a challenging undertaking, but one that our Board and people are committed to achieving. 

We will only achieve our decarbonisation objectives through our active partnerships with our suppliers, who we know are as committed as we are to reducing our shared climate impacts. Over the coming years, we will work even closer with them to promote climate action and increase the sustainability of the veterinary sector. 

Our Positive Pawprint strategy defines our commitment to being a force for good on our journey toward becoming the best veterinary group in the world.