Sharp Group’s Sustainable Journey: Building a Greener Future for Ireland 

At Sharp Group, we’re embarking on a journey towards sustainability. Certified to ISO14001, we’re committed to creating a sustainable future for Ireland and addressing the environmental challenges faced. In alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Ireland’s decarbonisation plan, we’ve introduced a new Sustainability Hub to structure our plan to achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

Corporate Commitment and Strategy:

Our sustainability strategy is deeply rooted in our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and promoting environmental responsibility. We place a strong emphasis on activities that align with six UN SDGs, including Gender Equality and Life on Land. By actively participating in partnerships and collaborations with industry peers, we’re aiming to contribute to Ireland’s Climate Action Plan 2023 (CAP23) and achieve ambitious carbon emissions reduction targets.

Net Zero Emissions by 2050:

At the core of our new sustainability initiative is our commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. On our new Sustainability Hub, we’ve outlined a comprehensive Carbon Reduction Roadmap, which sets specific reduction targets for each milestone year, from 2025 to 2050. These targets cover Scopes 1, 2, and 3 emissions, with a focus on continuously measuring and improving performance against these goals.

Carbon Reduction Plan and Emissions Reduction Plan:

Our recent Carbon Reduction Plan provides insights into our priorities for reducing our carbon footprint. This plan includes annual measurements against targets for Scopes 1-3 and a commitment to pursuing improvements continually. The Emissions Reduction Plan emphasises the importance of measuring progress and undertaking annual in-depth reviews to assess the success and challenges faced in achieving our goals.

Scope-specific Initiatives:

Our emissions can be defined by three scopes, each requiring tailored strategies for reduction:

Scope 1: Direct emissions from controlled sources, such as diesel vans and natural gas. We plan to transition to high-performing vans by 2030, invest in decarbonisation initiatives like Cloud Forest, and explore carbon credit plans.

Scope 2: Indirect emissions from purchased electricity, emphasising the transition to sustainable energy sources by renegotiating our energy provider in 2025 and implementing energy-saving measures.

Scope 3: Other indirect emissions in the value chain, focusing on waste reduction, sustainable business and commuter travel, and collaboration with supply chain partners for high environmental standards.

Zero Carbon Roadmap:

We are committed to halving emissions by 2035 and achieving net zero by 2050, aligning with Ireland’s CAP 23 roadmap.

Our new Sustainability Hub reflects our dedication to environmental concern. Through strategic initiatives, partnerships, and a clear roadmap, we’re not only reducing our carbon footprint but also inspiring positive change within the industry. As we continue to actively measure, review, and report our progress, it sets a benchmark for responsible corporate practices, contributing to a greener and more sustainable future for Ireland.