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26 Apr 2021

Companies that are aligned to climate change- Netflix

Video streaming giant Netflix has announced a commitment to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2022.

“Scientists around the world agree we need to stabilize the climate at no more than a 1.5ºC temperature rise to avoid the worst results of climate change.”

 Emma Stewart
Netflix sustainability officer.

The company’s Net Zero + Nature plans will see the company make more environmentally friendly productions, as well as create offset programmes to restore and conserve areas like grasslands and tropical forests. Netflix was able to reduce its carbon output in 2020, producing 1.1 million tonnes of emissions, compared to 1.3 million in 2019. Netflix’s plan involves the following three steps.

Reduce emissions

Netflix has committed to reducing its Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 45% by 2030, aligning with the Paris Agreement’s goal to limit global warming to 1.5°C.

Retain existing carbon storage

By the end of 2021, Netflix commits to offsetting all of the emissions it can’t avoid internally, by investing in carbon-offset projects that conserve critical biodiversity in areas such as tropical forests.

Remove carbon from the atmosphere

By the end of 2022, Netflix says it will incorporate investment in the regeneration of critical natural ecosystems to achieve net-zero. This will include projects like restoring grasslands, mangroves and healthy soils, capture and store carbon.

Sustainable storytelling 

From Our Planet to Seaspiracy, Netflix has a host of series and documentary films about the climate crisis and the planet. The platform has shared impressive engagement about its sustainability-themed content.

In 2020, 160 million households around the world watched at least one film or show on Netflix that centred around climate change, helping viewers better understand the issues and solutions to becoming more sustainable.

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