KPMG firms are investing in responsible energy use; educating and providing support to employees in making sustainable decisions; working on environmental protection projects; and joining forces with business leadership groups to address environmental impacts.
In 2008, KPMG International launched the Global Green Initiative, a three pronged approach to tackling the climate change challenge across the global network by:
- measuring, reporting and reducing greenhouse gas emissions
- supporting environmental projects within a wider commitment to communities
- working with employees, suppliers and clients to help them manage their environmental impacts.
Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
KPMG firms have continued making good progress toward the goal of a 15 percent reduction in net emissions per full-time equivalent by the end of 2015 (measured from 2010), achieving a 10 percent emissions reduction by that measurement in 2013 alone. This achievement follows on the success of the first phase of the Global Green Initiative, which realized a 29 percent reduction in net emissions per full-time equivalent between 2007 and 2010*.
We have also increased energy efficiency, reducing electricity usage by three percent total kilowatt hour (kWh) consumption per square meter in facilities worldwide since 2010, and increased reliance on renewable sources that now account for approximately 27 percent of global electricity consumption in 2013. Our people continually work to better manage office energy consumption and business travel, and to implement creative solutions to reduce our impact on the environment.
*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.