Humana said Thursday it plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 54.6% by 2032 and its targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.
The initiative works with companies to improve their environmental sustainability.
Humana said its strategies include lowering by 30% the emissions caused by the purchase, transportation and distribution of products used throughout the company. It also intends to invest in more energy efficient buildings, increase renewable energy use and partner with suppliers to create additional reduction targets.
The company said that since 2017 it has lowered emissions by 35% and kept 64% of its waste out of landfills by consolidating waste, using recycling bins, reducing printers and donating office furniture.
The initiative works with companies that support the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement, where participating countries agreed to work to limit global warming. The agreement also requires the countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 and produce no emissions by 2050. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stated in 2018 that if global warming exceeds 1.5°C, it would lead to dire environmental effects.
Other U.S. healthcare organizations that have partnered with the initiative include AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, Cranial Technologies, DaVita, Henry Schein, Marken, Mass General Brigham, Northwest Permanente and Specialty Networks.