At Monday night’s cocktail reception for world leaders at the COP26 conference in Glasgow, Queen Elizabeth made an appearance via prerecorded video. She gave a speech about the environment and how no one is getting any younger. She also name-checked Prince Charles and Prince William as, like, leading environmentalists. The British papers made a big deal about how she didn’t mention Harry, even though he has a long history of conservation work and environmentalism too. I theorized that the Queen blanking Harry might have stung a little bit. Guess what? It did. On Tuesday, Archewell announced that they would become net zero by 2030. They even mentioned the COP26 conference.

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.

Nearly every activity in daily life results in the release of carbon into the atmosphere, and the sum total of those emissions is considered our ‘carbon footprint.’ Here are some examples of what is part of that footprint:

what we eat and how often we eat it
our transport and the frequency of it
our daily commute
our use of electricity/heating
our reliance on big industries that contribute to the problem

While we have actively made choices to offset and balance this carbon footprint, now, with the tools provided by partner organizations, we know that we can all do better. We can be net zero, and this is what we pledge to do.

We are a young company, but today, Archewell joins our co-founders in committing to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2030. Achieving net zero carbon emissions means making a series of choices over time to make that footprint as small as possible, while compensating for any remaining emissions through high-quality carbon removal projects.

As an organization, we 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 understand our collective footprint. Using 2022 as our baseline year, they will develop a plan for Archewell that aligns with the latest guidance from leading organizations, 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.

As we begin this endeavor, we will leverage the expertise of the non-profit organization Travalyst, founded by The Duke, and the sustainable investing platform Ethic, to focus our investments in support of a low-carbon economy. We hope that you’ll join us.

[From Archewell]

It’s an admirable move in general and I believe them when they talk about setting this goal for themselves and their organization and how they will achieve it. I do have to nitpick the timing though – usually Meghan and Harry have great timing, and they look like leaders, not followers. This announcement so obviously comes on the heels of William, Kate and Charles’ big moments at COP26, and…*whispers*… it comes across as a bit “don’t forget about meeeee” from the Sussexes. Usually they’re too cool for that. Again, of course this net-zero move is admirable. It also would have been admirable if they announced it a week from now, when they wouldn’t have been stepping on Charles and William’s newscycle in such an obvious way. Maybe the Queen’s speech really did get under Harry’s skin, huh?

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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