Managing our impacts 

KPMG International is proud of the success of the first phase of the Global Green Initiative, where member firms around the globe achieved a 29 percent reduction in net emissions per full-time equivalent employee between 2007 and 2010.

Building on this momentum, we set a new emissions target in 2011 calling for a further 15 percent reduction in net emissions (against a 2010 baseline) per full-time equivalent by the end of 2015. Significant progress has been made toward the new target; as firms have achieved a 10 percent net emissions reduction per full-time equivalent and a 11 percent reduction in gross emissions per full-time equivalent in 2013.

KPMG firms have also increased energy efficiency, reducing electricity usage by three percent total kilowatt hour (kWh) consumption per square meter in facilities worldwide since 2010. Reliance on renewable sources also increased, which now accounts for approximately 27 percent of global electricity consumption in 2013. KPMG people continually work to better manage office energy consumption and business travel and to implement creative solutions to reduce their impact on the environment.

Below is a summary of KPMG firms' 2010-2013 Global Carbon Results.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions for the KPMG Network

Emissions Summary

(in metric tonnes of CO2e)

2010 2011 2012 2013 2010-2013
Total "Gross" Emissions 469,032 478,421 471,758 465,786 -0.7%
Renewable Energy (40,301) (37,935) (35,653) (37,412) -7.2%
3rd-Party Verified Offsets (42,023) (38,600) (41,246) (38,844) -7.6%
Total "Net" Emissions 386,708 401,886 394,859 389,530 0.7%
Net Emissions per FTE 2.80 2.77 2.58 2.52 -10.0%

Currently, 42 KPMG member firms participate in the Global Green Initiative, which represents 85 percent of the global network's FTE headcount. We applied proxy data to estimate emissions for the remaining 14 percent to estimate combined emissions across all KPMG member firms. View more information on our methodology.

Environmental sustainability statistics cited above are based on aggregated results of a group of KPMG firms representing 85 percent of full-time equivalent KPMG people globally, which are used to estimate total emissions from all KPMG firms.

As a global service based organization, managing our environmental impacts begins with focusing on the key sources of our emissions and the greatest opportunities for reduction. In office spaces, KPMG firms/professionals continually strive to be more efficient in consumption of electricity by occupying green buildings and investing in alternative energy sources such as solar panels. Further reductions are also achieved through investments in green office equipment and IT technology. Utilizing video conferencing capabilities for internal meetings in place of air travel also seeks to reduce emissions related to travel. Incentives for employees to use public transit and energy efficient vehicles are also available.

Environmental management efforts are not limited to reducing carbon emissions. Additional opportunities to promote environmental sustainability are also sought, including reduction of paper and water consumption by implementing solutions such as pull-printing technology, promoting periods without printing and share case studies on effective water management. IT suppliers have also been engaged to help manage e-waste, and KPMG firms have instituted rigorous recycling programs in offices across the globe.

KPMG's environmentally sensitive offices

London office

Officially opened by the Queen in November 2010, the green office in KPMG in the UK's London office is targeting a 50 percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions and has installed grey water systems, grass roof cools the building, and they use light controls in daylight hours.

Nashville office

KPMG in the US's Nashville office became the first firm office to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Offices in Boston and Houston received Gold-level LEED certification and all new office spaces in the US now obtain some level of certification with LEED, an internationally recognized green building certification system.

Toronto office

Bay Adelaide Centre is Toronto's first structure to receive the LEED Gold Standard. Built using local and recycled construction materials, it optimizes energy, water and light and the KPMG floors have been built to LEED-Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) Gold Certification, providing an environmentally friendly interior workspace.

South Africa office

KPMG in South Africa has applied for Greenstar Ratings for its Wanooka Place and Polokwane buildings. The Wanooka building implemented a heat exchange system, re-used materials salvaged from the demolition, and incorporated local sandstone in the facade.

UN Global Compact: Communication on Progress

Communication on progress
KPMG International has been a signatory of the UN Global Compact since 2002.

Sustainable Insight

Every quarter we introduce topics shaping the sustainability debate & ones that have a direct impact on business & therefore require attention.

Climate Change and Sustainability Services

KPMG’s global network of climate change and sustainability practices helps you build long-term value in a rapidly changing world.

KPMG Member Firm Environmental Programs

Living Green

KPMG Firms have their own initiatives and programmes which they follow so to reduce KPMG’s environmental impact and improve its Carbon footprint.

With Living Green, KPMG US is examining its environmental practices and ramping up efforts to improve them. It is a national effort that is most effective because it has captured the imaginations of people in the firm’s collective backyard - its local offices.

Read the report for more description.


Further KPMG Member Firm Environmental programmes