“We are thrilled with the progress we have made over the past year,” said Steve Clemente, principal in charge, Operations Services, and lead partner for KPMG’s Living Green program. “What is really impressive is how engaged our employees have become to focus on environmental sustainability at work, at home and in their communities, and
how they are driving these results office by office around the country.”
Some of the key improvements from 2011 to 2012 include:
- Reduced overall carbon footprint by 3 percent
- Reduced use of electricity by 12 percent
- Reduced solid waste by 22 percent
- Increased recycling by 66 percent overall (nearly 7 million pounds of materials)
- Reduced water usage by 8 percent overall
- 14 of KPMG’s offices nationally are LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) with another 11 offices pending certification in 2013.
In conjunction with Earth Day 2013, KPMG is hosting its sixth annual Living Green Week, during which employees will be engaged in many volunteer activities including the continuing cleanup of beaches from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a fruit tree planting project in San Antonio, and the cleanup and spring planting of a city park in Dallas, to name a few.
“Living Green is a key pillar of our Corporate Responsibility strategy. We are very pleased with the commitment our people have made and the success achieved to date with Living Green,” said Kathy Hannan, national managing partner of Diversity and Corporate Responsibility.
KPMG’s Living Green program was launched in 2008 with the goal of reducing the firm’s overall carbon footprint by implementing a comprehensive set of initiatives that could be measured on an annual basis. The firm’s Climate Change and Sustainability practice, which works with clients to help develop and measure their own environmental programs and carbon emissions, developed the measurements for Living Green.
KPMG’s five-year goal is to reduce the firm’s gross greenhouse gas emissions per employee by 10 percent through calendar year 2015. “I believe we are well on our way to achieving that goal,” said Clemente.
Energy and water usage has been reduced, in large part, to KPMG’s commitment to attaining LEED certification on all new and major office renovation construction projects. KPMG’s LEED certified offices use 29 percent less electricity and 30 percent less water per employee when compared to the firm’s national average.
“We expect nearly 25 percent of our offices around the country to be LEED certified by the end of 2013,” said Mary Johnson, executive director, Operations Services for KPMG LLP.
In 2011, as part of KPMG’s commitment to renewable energy, the firm installed a 500 kilowatt solar array at its Montvale, New Jersey campus, which houses the firm’s data center and about 1400 employees. In its first year of service, the solar panels generated enough electricity to offset 12 percent of the campus’ electricity usage. In addition, the data center generates almost half of its own electricity on-site with a natural gas Combined Heat & Power (CHP) system.
KPMG uses green technologies such as server virtualization, and energy-efficient data center heating and power systems to optimize efficiency. Water is a key component in IT operations and a resource the firm manages with the same priority as energy consumption.
“Using technology to its fullest is essential to our success.” Johnson said. “For example, leadership is committed to reducing travel and fully utilizing our video conferencing network as an alternative.”
KPMG is also working to ensure that the electronic equipment it purchases – computers, monitors and printers – are environmentally friendly. KPMG purchases products that are EPEAT®-certified, which is an environmental rating system that helps identify greener, more environmentally-responsible computers and other electronic equipment.
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