One year ago, Netflix launched their first public climate commitment, Net Zero + Nature.
On March 30th, they published detailed updates on their progress. Here are some takeaways:
Netflix is on track to meet their science-based climate targets.
"We reduced more than 14,000 metric tons of emissions in 2021. So we were able to reduce our Scope 1 and 2 footprint by more than 10% from what it otherwise would have been. This means we're on track to cut 45% of our Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030, recently joining other climate leaders who are halving emissions through the Exponential Roadmap Initiative." - Emma Stewart, Netflix Sustainability Officer
Netflix will reach their targets primarily by decarbonizing film and TV production.
"In 2021, we cut a combined 27,380 gallons of fuel from productions by adding more EVs on set and replacing some diesel generators with mobile electric batteries (e.g., on Virgin River Season 4) or green hydrogen power units and we're expanding to more this year." – Emma Stewart, Netflix Sustainability Officer
Netflix is investing in high-quality carbon credit projects.
"Nature has been stabilizing the climate since time immemorial, and protecting nature also protects vulnerable communities and wildlife. We conduct rigorous diligence screenings to evaluate each project, publishing our screening process in the report to help others. The result: 17 projects screened from over 150 million metric tons worth of projects that not only help the environment – they protect biodiversity and generate jobs and educational opportunities for vulnerable communities, too." – Emma Stewart, Netflix Sustainability Officer
While they've made significant progress over the last year, they've got a long way to go, and they're planning on updating as they move forward.