Setting the Standard in Sustainability

Version 1 is a verified Carbon Neutral company and has set a target to Net Zero in our operations by 2025

Our Environmental Strategy

At Version 1, we are committed to actions that reduce the impact we have on the environment. We believe that biodiversity loss and the climate emergency are everyone’s responsibility and that we all have a role to play in protecting our environment. To ensure we reduce our impact and act in a considered and united way, we are proud to have created this environmental strategy which sets out our strategic objectives and the actions we will take to achieve them.

The scope of this environmental strategy includes our commitment to reducing carbon emissions, our impact on other environmental factors e.g. waste and water management, and our responsibility to encourage and enable positive behavior change amongst our employees and stakeholders. It sets out our immediate ambitions for 2025, with some more ambitious targets stretching beyond this date.

We recognize the critical importance of environmental sustainability to our business and our people. People are at the heart of our organization, and the positive impact of this strategy will be brought to life by educating and empowering our employees to be our best advocates for sustainability. We strongly believe that when everybody plays their part, significant positive change can and will happen.

Watch the video below to learn more about our strategy.

Our Climate Pledge

Measuring our Carbon Footprint

We undertake annual carbon accounting using the GHG Protocol, the global standard for measuring and managing GHG emissions, verified by a third party according to ISO 140064

We must have an accurate carbon accounting of the GHG emissions associated with all of Version 1’s business activities – from the energy we consume in our operations, our business travel & employee commuting to the goods and services we procure – in order to understand how to reduce our emissions to Net Zero.



The following table provides insight into our 2022 performance compared to our 2019 baseline and the previous year.

Carbon Emissions table

Climate Action Goals

Net Zero in our operations by 2025.

Net Zero across our value chain by 2035, 15 years ahead of the global goal.

To put the world on course for a 1.5°C future in the long term, we need to monitor and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions across our operations and entire value chain as well as introducing systemic behavioural changes that will reduce our impact on the environment and develop sustainability at scale.  At the heart of Version 1’s Climate Action Plan is the continued reduction of our emissions in a way that achieves a just and equitable transition to Net Zero in line with climate science.


Our Pathway to Net Zero by 2035

Emissions Reduction
Achieve net zero emissions in operations by 2025 and across the entire value chain by 2035 or before.
Waste & Conservation
Achieve zero waste by 2030 and engage in positive action for biodiversity.
Education and Mobilisation
Educate employees on environmental sustainability and empower employees to reduce their work-related carbon emissions by 50% by 2025.
Collaborate with key stakeholders on climate action
Implement innovative solutions to contribute to positive climate action
Green Procurement
80% of key Suppliers with emission reduction targets in place by 2025

Pledges & Commitments

Science Based Targets initiative

Version 1 has committed to set near-term company-wide emission reductions in line with climate science with the SBTi

Climate Disclosure Project

Version 1 has been awarded a B score for our 2022 Climate Response

UN Global Impact

Version 1 has aligned its decarbonisation strategy with UN Sustainable Development Goal

Our Partnerships

We’re serious about sustainability at Version 1 and have engaged a number of environmental partners who are working with us to understand, and reduce our emissions. All helping to embed Sustainability into every aspect of our culture and business.

ESG partnerships logo


Version 1 reported to the Carbon Disclosure Project for the first time in 2022 and we are proud to say that we achieved a “B” score. CDP is a not-for-profit charity that runs the global disclosure system for investorscompaniescitiesstates and regions to manage their environmental impacts. Over the past 20 years they have created a system that has resulted in unparalleled engagement on environmental issues worldwide.

In addition, we are in the process of setting our near-term and Net Zero Science based targets and will submit our supply chain engagement targets for validation during the second half of 2023 according to SBTi’s guidance and advise on best practice for reaching our Net Zero goal.

We are currently conducting a Purchased Goods & Services screening as part of setting the SBTi and plan to develop a responsible sourcing programme over the next five years.


As a mission-based non-profit that runs the global environmental disclosure system, CDP greatly values the support of Version 1. Urgent system-wide action remains critical to ensuring that we can limit global warming to 1.5°C, avoid the worst effects of climate change and safeguard our planet’s natural resources. Disclosure is the first key step in addressing current and future environmental risks. Version 1 has demonstrated its commitment to transparency around its environmental impacts and strategies for action by disclosing its environmental data through CDP in 2022. Disclosure not only provides the foundation for environmental action, but brings tangible business benefits for shareholders, customers and employees alike.”
- Dexter Galvin, CDP Global Director, Corporations & Supply Chains, 2022

The Future

We consider our strategy a work in progress, with KPI’s to be developed and targets to be improved upon as our progress and awareness evolves. We believe sharing our plans to improve these areas keep our efforts transparent and help hold ourselves accountable. By coming together to face the biggest challenge of our lifetime, we can make a difference.

With a little input from a lot of people, we can create real & tangible change. We hope that our efforts to reduce emissions and collaborate to be a part of the climate solution will prove that Version 1 is a company that’s not just setting targets but setting the standard; we have the capacity, expertise and passion to truly set the standard in sustainability.