Environmental, Social and Governance

We do the right thing

For our employees, customers, investors and the local and global communities in which we operate.


We are committed to delivering and tracking the impact of our ESG improvements for the benefit of employees, customers, local communities and society generally.






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ESG is integrally linked to our vision of ‘enabling our customers’ vital processes which advance a more sustainable world’, and is clearly aligned with one of our core values, ‘we do the right thing’. In short, our ESG efforts are a fundamental characteristic of our brand as well as our purpose as an organisation.


Our ESG ambitions are to


Reduce our scope 1 and 2 carbon* footprint by 50% by 2030 and become carbon net zero by 2035


Send zero waste to landfill at 50% of our operations by 2030


Reduce our mains water usage by 30% by 2030


Increase female representation to 40% on our management Committee by 2030


Increase female representation to 35% in senior roles by 2030


Increase female representation to 30% overall by 2030


Achieve employee volunteer participation of 25% as part of our community program by 2030

* Whenever we refer to carbon – this relates to CO2e as defined by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.


Environmental Commitment

Our carbon footprint (baselined in 2020) is just under 28,000 tonnes per year. We are committed to reducing this by 50% by 2030, and to be carbon net zero by 2035.

We will achieve these targets by switching to carbon free energy, focusing on energy conservation and the continual development of more energy recovery initiatives.

We use the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reporting protocol framework to capture our Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions and have joined the Carbon Disclosure Project.

By 2030 we intend to send Zero Waste to Landfill at 50% of our operations and by 2030 reduce mains water usage by 30% across our company.

The contribution of Howden products to reducing our customers’ carbon footprint significantly outweighs our own carbon footprint. Globally, our installed base of products enables avoidance of over 245 million tonnes of CO2 a year, the equivalent to removing an estimated 52 million fossil fuel cars from the road each year.

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Making a difference to our environment

SECRET Project

Shell Biofuels Project

This project demonstrates Howden’s leadership in the global compression market and our expertise in the growing sustainable fuel market. Howden compressors at this facility will help Shell to meet its target of becoming a net-zero emissions energy company by 2050.

Renewable Thermal Energy

Regenerative heaters increasing emission capture efficiency

Our world leading engineers have found a new use for our Regenerative Heaters to help drastically cut emissions from Steel production factories. Throughout Asia we have rolled out solutions using products, previously not utilised in the industry, to help meet environmental targets.

Carbon Capture

Hydrogen Fuel

With over a century of hydrogen compression experience, we are providing the core technology required to provide hydrogen fuel. As the world turns to renewable energy sources, our compressors are the trusted solution.


Social Impact

By championing diversity, fairness and equality of opportunity, we are determined to build a positive and enduring legacy in the communities where we live and work. The success of our employees and our local communities ultimately strengthens our business and advances a more sustainable world for all.

Through our Bright Futures program we help disadvantaged and under-represented people in our communities realise their full potential and help build a more sustainable future for all through education and skills development.

Our programs in Diversity, Inclusion, Wellbeing, Engagement, Developing our people, Fair Pay and Health and Safety all include specific measures and improvement plans.


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Governance to ensure best practice

A governance framework is in place to protect Howden’s corporate reputation and promote ethical business standards. We must ensure an adequate, fair and consistent approach to controlling the ethical and regulatory operation of our business.

This commitment is fully supported by our Management Committee and regional management teams across the global business, and extends to the suppliers that we partner with.

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