Our 2016/7 Group Environment Report, outlines the strategy and progress of our global environmental sustainability program in 2016 and showcases some of the best initiatives from across the Group.
During 2016 we have strengthened and accelerated our program. Firstly we developed ambitious new Group-wide environmental targets to reduce total carbon emissions per employee by 20% by 2020 and 30% by 2030. These have now been validated by the Science-Based Targets initiative, underlining the credibility of our approach and becoming one of the first in our sector to achieve this validation.
We also achieved a global ISO 14001 certificate for our Environmental Management System (EMS) a testament of the robustness of our environmental management approach and the strong capabilities of our Sustainability Center of Excellence.
We have made good progress towards our carbon reduction targets:
- We delivered a 3.5% reduction in carbon emissions per employee,
- We reduced our total energy use by 5%, driven by a range of initiatives to ensure we light, heat, and power our offices and data centers as efficiently as possible.
Country examples from around the group demonstrate how we are delivering our strategy:
- We significantly expanded our renewable energy capacity, with over 5,800 solar panels installed at our Capgemini offices in India last year with a combined capacity of 1.9MW and a further 1.5MW of generation capacity planned for 2017.
- 4 tons of waste generated at My Jashn event in India, for 75,000 people across 11 cities, was diverted from landfill.
- In France, we reconditioned over 92% of our e-waste, including over 5,200 computers weighing over 21 tons.
- Our travel emissions per employee reduced by 4% in 2016, driven by a wide array of activity across the Group, from identifying “green hotels” in Germany to providing free public transport to employees in the Netherlands, to an engaging “1 in 5” travel reduction campaign in North America.
- We also continued to explore how we can make the most of our digital expertise to support our clients in meeting their sustainability challenges. In the UK, as part of our ongoing Net Positive commitment, our 2016 focus was on identifying business areas with the greatest potential for carbon reduction for our clients.
This year has been a significant milestone in our environmental journey: our ambitious new targets—which are approved by the Science-Based Initiative underline the credibility of our approach. And our group environmental management system ensures we will harness the capabilities across the group. Our report highlights our performance and demonstrates our commitment to growing our business responsibly and sustainably. For more info read the here or to engage with the team, please contact me, James Robey, VP, Global Head of Corporate Sustainability.