After royals and world leaders gathered for the kick off of the COP26 summit in Glasgow this week, so too did the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have their minds on fighting climate change across the pond. On Tuesday, the couple announced via their Archewell website their plan for the organisation to become net zero by 2030.
An announcement released on 2 November explains: ‘As global leaders convene for COP26 to commit to solutions for our climate crisis, all of us at Archewell, led by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, share our pledge towards a more sustainable future by becoming net zero by 2030.
‘Our co-founders, Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have a long-standing commitment to the planet, both together and prior to their union, with global projects and partnerships dating back over a decade.’
The statement goes on to break down the many elements that play into a ‘carbon footprint’, from ‘what we eat’, to ‘transport’, ‘electricity/heating’ and ‘big industries’. It goes on to state that while Archewell has previously sought ‘to offset and balance this carbon footprint’, the organisation knows ‘we can all do better… and this is what we pledge to do’, adding: ‘We are a young company, but today, Archewell joins our co-founders in committing to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2030.’
In order to reach its aim, the organisation ‘will work with an independent consultant to track all Archewell-related activities from our inception (internet use, commutes, and electricity in home offices, for example)’ to track its footprint. Then, starting from 2022, ‘they will develop a plan for Archewell that aligns with the latest guidance from leading organisations, like the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol and Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi), while offsetting remaining emissions until we achieve net zero in 2030 and beyond.’
The ambitious plan will also involve one of Prince Harry’s other passion projects, utilising ‘the expertise of the non-profit organisation Travalyst, founded by The Duke, and the sustainable investing platform Ethic – with whom Archewell recently announced its ‘impact partnership’ – ‘to focus our investments in support of a low-carbon economy.’
The news comes after the Queen gave a poignant virtual address at the COP26 opening reception, speaking of her ‘dear late husband, Prince Philip’, and the ‘leading role’ he ‘played in encouraging people to protect our fragile planet’, which, she added, ‘lives on through the work of our eldest son Charles and his eldest son William.’
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