BETHESDA, Md., Nov. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to help reduce global warming, Abt Associates today pledged to reduce the company's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by more than 80 percent by 2050. The move is part of the company's commitment to sustainability and decarbonization — the transition to a low-carbon economy needed to stave off the most catastrophic impacts of climatic change.
"Climate change is the defining challenge of our time, and Abt Associates is a leader in developing integrated climate mitigation and adaptation approaches both locally and globally," said Abt President and CEO Kathleen Flanagan. "With this corporate commitment to decarbonization, our efforts will align with the recommendations that we make to our clients and will directly serve our mission of improving the quality of life and economic well-being of people worldwide."
To stay on track with its long-term goal, Abt Associates has committed to a near-term goal to reduce GHG emissions by a minimum of 25 percent by the year 2021. The company has taken several steps to help meet this goal, which include purchasing renewable energy, promoting telecommuting, as well as publicly reporting facilities' use, business air travel, and employee commuting. Other areas of focus include reducing material consumption, waste minimization, and energy conservation. In 2012, Abt created its Global Sustainability Program to serve as the institutional framework for integrating, managing and reporting on sustainability across the company.
In addition, Abt will host an event on November 16 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. to explore the innovative actions cities are taking to build low-carbon, climate-resilient cities and the evolving global landscape for climate change finance, including the role of co-benefits in securing funds to mitigate and adapt to climate impacts. Register to attend or participate in the discussion online with #PlanetWorth. For more information, visit http://abtassociates.com/BoldThinkersSeries/climatechange
About Abt Associates
Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research, evaluation and implementing programs in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and was named one of the 40 international development innovators. The company has offices in the U.S., Australia and the U.K., and program offices in more than 40 countries. www.abtassoc.com
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