Springer Nature on Carbon Neutral Goals


The new edition of Springer Nature’s sustainability report is based on the company’s “responsibility for impact as a company and as a publisher”.

The Springer Nature stand at the London Book Fair 2022, April 7. Image: Publishing Perspectives, Porter Anderson

By Porter Anderson, Editor | @Porter_Anderson

“To reduce the company’s climate impact”

At London Book Fair, the Support Springer Nature– at 7J32 – is one of the first you see when entering the door of Hammersmith National Hall.

In fact, keep walking through the facility from this point and you’ll quickly find the big one. Market Focus Sharjah Book Authority stand, in fact, that’s at 7J11.

And from its London offices here, Springer Nature today (April 6, London Book Fair Wednesday) announced the latest annual Sustainable Business Report, this time with a focus on climate action.

Title Unleash potentialthis report reflects the achievements of this major research and scholarly publisher in publishing what it says are nearly 390,000 articles or book chapters and more than one million open access articles.

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“Like last year’s report,” read the announcement to members of the media, “which focused on Springer Nature Group’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Unleash potential also looks to outside events for its theme.

“The year 2021,” the company says, “has seen the world climate conference COP26; the unequivocal statements of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the need for action; and climate disasters unprecedented.

“So the report takes a close look at the organization’s commitment to reducing the company’s climate impact and amplifying the research needed to address the environmental issues we face. It relies on Climate research in actiona Springer Nature campaign launched in October 2021, which highlights solution-focused research published in its content portfolio.

As you may recall, Springer Nature declared itself carbon neutral for emissions associated with its offices, fleets and flights in 2010, and it continued to look for other ways to reduce the environmental footprint of its operations.

New short-term milestones named in the just-released report include:

  • Net zero: set science-based targets covering at least 95% of our scope 1 and 2 emissions and two-thirds of our scope 3 emissions by 2022
  • People: Deploy sustainable trade induction training for all employees via a three-year program starting in 2022
  • Suppliers: Actively engage 50% of print suppliers and 50% of prepress suppliers (by spend) to align with our sustainability goals by 2022
  • Products: Inform end-of-life recycling by labeling new titles in our portfolio of books and journals in print by 2025

The report is also not without accounting for what the company describes as “progress made throughout the year in championing open science, using technology to advance solutions for research and through diversity, equity and inclusion both within the organization and in the communities Springer Nature Group works with.Key points of this kind cited are:

Attract more than 2.5 million visits per day on our platforms

  • “A 62% response rate to Springer Nature Group’s first global inclusion and diversity survey
  • “Join new partners to make a difference in the communities we serve, including Valuable500
  • “Support the communities that Springer Nature works with in many ways, including through donations and sponsorships; in recent weeks, this has included a donation of €250,000 (US$272,088) to enable the creation of the Philipp Schwartz Emergency Fund to support researchers and their families forced to flee Ukraine”

In a prepared statement, Springer Nature CEO Frank Vranchen Peeters is quoted as saying, “This year’s report includes a particular focus on climate, in recognition of the vital importance of research to discussions and decision-making. for decision at COP26 in November 2021.

“As a publisher, we have a crucial role to play in connecting researchers and decision makers to accelerate solutions to global challenges. We also have a responsibility to reduce the impact of our business operations on the environment around us, which I am proud to say we have continued to do this year: by introducing new short-term carbon targets and appointing a climate action manager.

“Taking responsibility extends to our role in the communities we are part of, to the colleagues we work with, and to the high-quality, trusted research we produce for the benefit of all.

“I am delighted that we have been able to accomplish so much while working flexibly and adapting to the new normal.”

You can consult Springer Nature Group’s new sustainable activity report here.


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About the Author

Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson is a non-resident member of Trends Research & Advisory, and was named International Business Journalist of the Year at the London Book Fair’s International Excellence Awards. He is editor of Publishing Perspectives. He was previously associate editor of The FutureBook at The Bookseller in London. Anderson was a senior producer and anchor for CNN.com, CNN International and CNN USA for more than a decade. As an art critic (National Critics Institute), he has collaborated with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which is now owned and operated by Jane Friedman.

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