United Kingdom

Resource use and waste 

Our aim is to operate in a resource efficient manner and minimise waste, sending zero office waste to landfill by 2015.

Our strategy to achieve this includes: 


  • Investment in efficient infrastructure and online systems such as state of the art printers and the use of electronic based tools, such as eAudIT, to reduce our demand for every-day resources including paper.
  • Engage our people on resource efficient working practices, with focus on minimising waste and increasing recycling.
  • Further developing our approach to unlock the positive potential of our diverse resource streams through increased re-use, composting and recycling options.


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Over the past 5 years, we reduced the amount of paper consumed by 35% whilst maintaining the usage ratio of 100% recycled content paper. After using recycled paper for our internal printing for a number of years, we extended this to our entire desktop printing in 2006 and last year, nearly 90% of our paper used was made from 100% recycled content.


As part of Saving for Good, our internal environment awareness programme, we conducted a number of initiatives on the issue of resource use including:  


  • Our Green Giving initiative has resulted in £15,000 being raised for our People Charity in 2011, Barnardo’s, simply through using less paper and stationery.
  • KPMG promoted Fairtrade Fortnight 2011 across our UK offices
  • Continually working with our suppliers to increase the range of environmentally friendly products available.  




In 2010/11, we reduced the total amount of waste generated on a per capita basis by 8% (1% decrease on an absolute basis) and significantly reduced the amount of waste sent to landfill by 39%.  This has been achieved through a combination of both increasing the amount of materials sent for recycling and composting as well as diverting waste to generating energy.


As part of our ongoing review and improvement processes, we further increased the robustness of our reporting on waste in 2010/11, particularly for recycling. As a result, we have restated our recycling data for prior years (2006/07 to 2009/10) to enable a like for like comparison. As a result of the restatement, the total tonnage of materials generated is increased by 5%. We are making good progress towards our target to send zero waste to landfill by 2015. This is already met by our London estate through a combination of recycling, waste to energy and mechanical and biological treatment. We are working with our suppliers to identify local solutions for the remainder of our offices and by continuing to engage our people on resource efficiency and best practice use of our recycling infrastructure we will ensure we meet our zero waste to landfill ambition. 


For more information on our targets and programmes please contact markus.herz@kpmg.co.uk, Environment manager. 


Markus Herz


Environment Manager


020 7694 8243markus.herz@kpmg.co.uk