United Health Group

"UnitedHealth Group's net zero target is to achieve operational net-zero emissions in scopes 1 and 2 by 2035 across their global operations. Net Zero Tracker
Their interim target is to reduce emissions by 60% relative to 2021 emissions by 2030. Net Zero Tracker
An interesting fact about their environmental policy is that they plan to complete a scope 3 inventory by the end of 2022 to support future goal commitments. Net Zero Tracker
Their approach to achieving net-zero operations will rely on direct mitigation of global emissions with minimal reliance on carbon offsets. Net Zero Tracker
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Current Score (vs. LY)

41.5 pts (-7.5)

Last Update: Dec. 12, 2023

Transparency

Quality of climate reporting based on public disclosures, completeness and verification of GHG emissions

Commitments

Level of ambition through gross absolute emissions reduction and 'net zero' targets

Results

Results and actions to deliver on commitments for real

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Last 3 Years Emissions Data Summary

Y2021Y2020Y2019
Scope 1 97,53724,48717,709
Scope 2 - location-based 322,472156,751153,004
Scope 2 - market-based 290,463148,741149,418
Scope 1-2 - location-based 420,009181,238170,713
Scope 1-2 - market-based 388,000 173,228 167,127
Scope 3 88,465213,495429,811
Total - location-based 508,474394,733600,524
Total - market-based 476,465 386,723 596,938

Note: Data sources detailed here

Y2022 Y2021
Total CO2e estimate (by Net0Tracker) 23,107,349866,191
Methodology Pre-calculated sector intensity (revenue)Scope 3 based on previous year

Carbon emissions are estimated according to comparable years, intensity and sector benchmarks

Performance vs. Target

Note: Targets without baseline are ignored. In case several targets exist, only the shorter-term target is displayed.


Value Chain (scope 3) Emissions by Category

Emissions Trajectory (Full Scopes)



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Sector Benchmark

Note: Latest GHG and revenue data (based on tradingview.com) are used to calculate GHG emissions intensity by sector. The color scale of each bubble depends on the GHG intensity (GHG emissions per 1 million USD revenue). Sectors follow the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) that organize companies based on their primary business activities. The 11 sectors are : Information Technology, Health Care, Financials, Consumer Discretionary, Communication Services, Industrials, Consumer Staples, Energy, Utilities, Real Estate, and Materials.

United Health Group belongs to the sector Health Care.

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Reduction and Net Zero Targets

>Note: intensity targets are not represented in the current version - see Methodology

Gross Absolute Emission Reductions

Scope Reduction Objectives Base Year Target Year Comments
S1S2MKT 60.0 2019 2021
S1S2MKT 3.0 2017 2023


Net Absolute Emission Reductions

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Net Zero Future Commitments

Scope Scope 3 Coverage Target Year Comments
S1S2MKT NO 2035


Science-based Targets (SBTI)

Date Published / Updated :01/06/2022

Near-term Long-Term Net Zero Standard
Committed No target Yes
United Health Group is a member of the Business Ambition for 1.5 campaign (link here )
Data source: SBTI

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Offsets

Last update for UnitedHealth by zerotracker.net: March 25, 2024
Planning to use external offset credits Not Specified
Separate targets for emission reductions and removals No
Conditions on use of offset credits None
Plans for carbon dioxide removal (CDR) Not Specified

Additional notes: Our approach to achieving net-zero operations will rely on direct mitigation of global emissions with minimal reliance on carbon offsets. https://sustainability.uhg.com/content/dam/sustainability-report/2021/pdf/2021-sustainability-report.pdf

Data source from zerotracker.net - For more information, see methodology

Score Summary

Ref Principle Score
(points)
Max
(points)
Delta
(points)
1 At least 2 years of GHG emissions for scope 1 and 2 are publicly-available and externally-verified 10.0 10.0 0.0
2 Scope 3 emissions are fully reported and externally-verified 5.0 10.0 -5.0
3 CDP score demonstrates the level of transparent disclosures 8.0 10.0 0.0
Transparency 23.0 30.0 -5.0
4 Net Zero Commitments by 2050 include an intermediate target and cover all the emissions 6.0 10.0 0.0
5 Net Zero targets demonstrate a high-level of emergency 2.5 10.0 0.0
6 Emission reduction targets on a forward-looking basis are ambitious 0.0 10.0 0.0
7 Targets are science-based as validated by SBTi 2.5 10.0 0.0
Commitments 11.0 40.0 0.0
8 Results re. operational emissions reduction: on-pace (performance-to-date) and momentum (forward-looking targets) 0.0 10.0 0.0
9 Results re. value chain emissions reduction: on-pace (performance-to-date) and momentum (forward-looking targets) 0.0 10.0 0.0
10 Implied Temperature Rating by MSCi 7.5 10.0 -2.5
Results 7.5 30.0 -2.5
Total 41.5 100.0 -7.5


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Score Details

Criteria Results 2023 Score 2022 Score Vs. 2022 2021 Score
Criteria 1 : Transparency on operational emissions (Scope 1 + 2)
Are S1+S2 figures publicly-disclosed for the last reporting year and the preceding period? yes 5.0 / 5.0 5.0 0.0 5.0
Are S1+S2 figures verified by a 3rd-party for the last reporting year? yes 5.0/ 5.0 5.0 0.0 5.0
Criteria 2 : Transparency on value chain emissions (Scope 3)
Are the 15 categories fully or partly disclosed? partly 2.5 / 5.0 5.0 -2.5 5.0
Are S3 figures fully or partly verified by a 3rd-party for the last reporting year? partly 2.5 / 5.0 5.0 -2.5 5.0
Criteria 3 : Quality and Frequency of reporting
What is the latest CDP score (no later than the preceding year)? B 8.0 / 10.0 8.0 0.0 8.0
How many interim reporting were provided between 2 reporting periods (GHG emissions only)?
Criteria 4 : Net Zero Commitments
Does the net 0 target include a statement of a generally-accepted net zero emission target by 2050? yes 3.0 / 3.0 3.0 0.0 0.0
Does the net zero target include an intermediate target by 2030? 2021 3.0 / 3.0 3.0 0.0 3.0
Does the net zero target include all the emissions? NC 0.0 / 4.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Criteria 5 : Target year for Net Zero Commitments
Target year for achieving net zero emissions for S1+S2? 2035 2.5 / 5.0 2.5 0.0 0.0
Target year for achieving net zero emissions for S1+S2+S3 combined? NC 0.0 / 5.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Criteria 6 : Reduction objectives
What is the forward-looking GHG% reduction (without compensation) for scope 1+2?
0.0 / 5.0 0.0 0.0 5.0
What is the forward-looking GHG% reduction (without compensation) for scope 1+2+3?
No target found
0.0 / 5.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Criteria 7 : Science-Based Targets
What type of science-based target (as validated by SBTi) did the company commit to? Committed NA 2.5 / 10.0 2.5 0.0 0.0
Criteria 8 : Results based on scope 1 - 2
Performance to date: cumulative% reduction vs. target Objective (in %): 2.0
Actual (in %): -308.1
0.0 / 5.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Momentum: last year % reduction vs. forward-looking target Objective (in %): 38.1
Actual (in %): -124.0
0.0 / 5.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Criteria 9 : Results based on scope 1 - 2 - 3
Performance to date: cumulative% reduction vs. target Objective (in %):
Actual (in %):
No target found
0.0 / 5.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Momentum: last year % reduction vs. forward-looking target Objective (in %):
Actual (in %):
No target found
0.0 / 5.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Criteria 10 : Implied Temperature Rise (ITR)
Is the company aligned with global climate targets? ITR: 1.7°C 7.5 / 10.0 10.0 -2.5 0.0
Total 41.5 / 100.0 49.0 -7.5 36.0


Available Data Sources

Reporting Year 2022 2021 2021 2021 2020 2020 2019 2019
Source Wikirate (NV) Public Yourstake Wikirate CDP Public CDP Public
Publication Year unknown 2022 2022 2022 2021 2021 2020 2021
Scope 1 122,356 97,537 97,537 97,537 24,487 24,487 17,709 17,709
Scope 2 - location-based 383,896 322,472 322,472 322,472 156,751 156,751 153,004 153,004
Scope 2 - market-based NA 290,463 290,463 NA 148,741 148,741 149,418 149,418
Scope 1-2 - location-based 506,252 420,009 420,009 420,009 181,238 181,238 170,713 170,713
Scope 1-2 - market-based NA 388,000 388,000 NA 173,228 173,228 167,127 167,127
Scope 3 13,788,578 88,465 88,465 88,465 213,495 213,495 429,811 429,812
Total - location-based 14,294,830 508,474 508,474 508,474 394,733 394,733 600,524 600,525
Total - market-based NA 476,465 476,465 NA 386,723 386,723 596,938 596,939

Sources

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