Global Green Initiatives 

KPMG China Green Initiatives


KPMG is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and adopts numerous “Green Initiatives”, such as setting guidelines to save energy and reduce carbon emissions, investing in green office facilities, raising awareness among all stakeholders and supporting environmental projects. From 2007-2010, KPMG reduced carbon emissions by 19%, targeting a further 15% reduction from 2010-2015.


Be green and paperless office Recycling & waste management
KPMG stimulates all its stakeholders to waste less and recycle more through emails, announcements, intranet, internet and posters throughout our offices. KPMG’s Paperless Office approach increased paper recycling with 33% from CY2011-CY2012.   KPMG’s waste management efforts include maximised usage of green building materials and office equipment with high recycled, regional and renewable content and low hazardous emissions, integrating recycling bins, and using water-saving systems; reducing KPMG Hong Kong’s bottled water consumption with 28% from CY2011-CY2012 and our Hysan Place office reduces water usage with 39%.






Halo room- reducing air travel Optimized natural light
KPMG’s investments in green office facilities include installing Halo video conferencing facilities and personal video conferencing capacity on computers (reducing air travel), a Living Green Portal, a personal carbon footprint calculator, eAudit, and purchasing energy efficient equipment and appliances (over 80% having the ENERGY STAR rating at our Hysan Place office).   KPMG reduces lighting power and enhances staff’s well-being by optimising natural light through efficient office design with glazed partitioning and partners’ offices positioned at the core of the floors to avoid blocking light, incorporating daylight and motion sensors, using energy-saving LED lights and T5 lamps, and energy-saving policies. KPMG’s Hysan Place office reduces lighting power by over 40%.





Environmentally and staff friendly club Leadership in Energy & Environmental design
KPMG uses its ‘Hub’ (with sustainable forest bamboo flooring and an Echo panel containing components made from 100% recyclable PET) for internal and external events.  This multi-functional space is a popular outlet for our colleagues to have casual gatherings, meals, parties, games and other activities. It is a place that facilitates social bonding and creativity.  KPMG was the first company to move part of its operations into Hysan Place – the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum mixed use office and vertical mall complex in China. KPMG’s LEED Platinum award-winning office-design accounts for 40% of KPMG Hong Kong’s office space, other offices underwent energy-reducing renovations.



Green seminar Improved indoor air-quality
By collaborating with the civil society, KPMG hosts awareness seminars, for instance, featuring CarbonCare® and Green Monday, to enhance public’s and staff’s awareness, as well as knowledge on climate change, environmental protection and ‘living green’. Events are being recorded and uploaded onto our intranet portal as e-learning tools, together with weekly Green tips.

Boosting employees’ health is a high priority for KPMG. Its Hysan Place office improves indoor air quality by 30% by implementing toxins absorbing ‘Snake Plants’ around the office, an energy-efficient HVAC&R (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration) system with an outdoor air ventilation rate greater than the ASHRAE 62.1-2007 standard. The use of low Volatile Organic Compounds emitting materials and nil CFC-based refrigerants help improve staff’s working environment.


Our carbon footprint


KPMG China expanded its offices in 2012. Even though the total floor area of our major offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing increased by 2,697 square metres compared to 2010, emissions per FTE decreased by 0.37 percent during the same period. 


KPMG China carbon emissions

KPMG China carbon emissions



KPMG China’s carbon emissions from paper consumption 2010-12

Total emissions from paper consumption

Total emissions from paper consumption


Emissions from paper consumption per FTE

Emissions from paper consumption per FTE



Green innovations


Green innovations


By 2015, KPMG China aims to further reduce carbon emissions per FTE by 15 percent from a 2010 baseline.


In June 2012, we moved 40 percent of our Hong Kong office space to Hysan Place, the first LEED Platinum-certified mixed-use office and vertical mall complex in Hong Kong and mainland China. Our vision is to use this office as a standard for all our future offices. The building’s key green features, including the use of recycled, regional and renewable material, have allowed us to further our commitment to environmental protection.


KPMG officeKPMG China Hysan Place office


Our Hysan Place office has helped us achieve the following:


  • Save more than 20 percent of energy compared with the ASHRAE standard and LEED baseline, partly through the use of energy-efficient equipment
  • Reduce water consumption by nearly 40 percent by using a seawater flushing system, water-saving devices and a rainwater harvesting system
  • Reduce lighting power by more than 40 percent by using LED bulbs and T5 lamps, and by maximising the use of natural light using glazed partitions



KPMG China living green


In order to further reduce KPMG China's and our people's carbon footprint in the office and at home, we have implemented policies on the firm's car and air travel, invested in green offices and IT facilities, shared best practice in the business, and raised our staff's awareness. 


In addition, events and seminars related to topics such as climate change, environmental protection and sustainability are also organised to raise our people's awareness of these issues. Previous guest speakers have included Dr Rebecca Lee Lok Sze (founder, China Polar Museum Foundation), Robert Swan, OBE (founder, 2041) and Dr William Yu (head of Climate Programme, WWF Hong Kong).


We also support WWF's 'Earth Hour', a global campaign calling for climate change solutions and a commitment to combating global warming. As a corporate participant, all 16 China offices turned off their lights from 8:30–9:30pm on 29 March 2014.

Recent News


KPMG announces global initiative to reduce carbon emissions by 25 percent


What is CSR to KPMG China?

Corporate Social Responsibility is not just about philanthropy or community services, but how we engage our people at all levels to make a difference that could be sustainable and enhance our business success.