In line with our commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of our direct operations, we continue to focus on improving our energy efficiency, purchasing energy from clean sources such as renewables and investing in on-site renewable energy generation at our locations.
In addition, we have bought carbon credits to offset our direct operational Scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions, making 2020 our first carbon neutral year. The credits we have bought help to fund verified carbon off-setting projects that have a meaningful benefit to communities in which we operate, including a hydropower project in Pakistan, an electricity generation project in Turkey, a wind power project in India and a forest conservation project in Brazil.
Further, we have signed up to the Science Based Target initiative which means that we are formally committed to setting independently verified science-based GHG emission reduction targets. Our aim is for our Science Based Target to be aligned to limiting global temperature rise to below 1.5°C and reaching Net Zero emissions no later than 2050.
Intertek has also joined the UN Race to Zero campaign — a global effort from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that calls for a resilient, zero-carbon recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and is aligned with our own ambitious agenda to Build Back Ever Better.
Further information on our approach to environmental sustainability can be found in our Sustainability Report.