Positive Planet is our programme to deliver our own ambitious environmental targets, whilst working to enable our clients, suppliers and people to achieve theirs.

 

The continual reduction of our environmental impacts is at the core of our Positive Planet programme; specifically we focus on reducing energy use in our offices and data centres, reducing our business travel emissions and reducing waste. Our drive to improve our own efficiency also generates innovative thinking, delivering operational improvements as well as cost reductions. Through our Positive Planet programme we strive to deliver value for our clients, shareholders as well as other stakeholders.

The growing global population combined with increasing levels of consumption is placing significant pressures on our planet’s natural resources and ecosystems. Human induced climate change has become one of the critical issues for this generation, with the impacts of climate change being increasingly felt by communities around the world.

We believe that Capgemini has a critical role to play in the transition to the necessary low carbon economy. By employing our insights and expertise in business transformation, we are helping our clients to become more efficient and resilient. This can be seen through the acceleration of the internet of things (IoT), automation and the development of smart cities.

Recognising that our client engagements are potentially our largest environment impact, we have made the commitment to reduce three times as much carbon emissions in our ecosystem (with clients, suppliers and team members) as we generate through our own operations.

Our Positive Planet programme has three core elements:



We are resourceful – driving efficiency and innovation across our key impact areas of travel, office and data centre energy use and waste

Our Carbon Footprint in 2016:

Our headline science-based target:

Business travel Office energy Data centre energy efficiency Waste
Target To reduce business travel emissions by 25% by 2020 and 50% by 2030 (compared to 2014). To reduce office energy consumption by 20% by 2020 and 40% by 2030 (compared to 2014). To improve data centre energy efficiency and reduce our average PUE ratio to 1.5 by 2020. To maintain office waste to landfill at <10%.
Approach Business travel constitutes over 40% of our greenhouse gas emissions whilst also being a significant cost to the business.

We promote smart, safe travel through our award winning TravelWell programme.  TravelWell facilitates the reduction of business travel and employee commuting emissions whilst also promoting employee well-being and safety.

Across our business, we have implemented state of the art remote working and video conferencing technologies enabling our people to work more flexibly, reducing their need to travel.

Other initiatives include:

  • capping our company car fleet carbon emissions at 113g CO2 per km;
  • installing electric vehicle charge points in a number of our key offices; and
  • encouraging rail travel through the provision of in-office ticket printing machines.

In 2016 we surveyed over 10,000 employees globally on their commuting habits to gather insights to ensure the relevance our travel programme moving forward.

Since the inception of our environmental sustainability programme in 2008, we’ve invested in upgrading our buildings in order to improve their energy efficiency.  We’ve implemented automated lighting, cooling and heating systems, and introduced smart building technology to further increase efficiency.

We have adopted best practice through our sustainable space design blueprint, which considers all aspects of building use from energy management to water conservation. In addition, where we have operational control, we purchase energy from a renewable source. In 2016, 68% of our total energy consumption came from renewable sources.

Our Aston office has become a flagship for new sustainable building technologies with the implementation of  rain water harvesting, electric vehicle charging points and solar panels (PV).

Making up over half of our emissions during 2015, our data centres continue to be a very significant contributor to our greenhouse gas emissions. They remain energy intensive because of the high concentration of IT equipment which both uses energy directly and generates heat which must then be dissipated.

We have invested heavily in measures to improve the energy efficiency of our data centres, resulting in a significant reduction of our own energy use and an ability to offer our clients world class environmentally sustainable data centre services.

Our Merlin data centre has been named one of the most sustainable data centres in the world in recognition of the 360-degree view of sustainability taken in the construction and operation of the facility. This included developing Merlin on a brownfield site to avoid unnecessary construction impacts, implementing an innovative fresh air cooling system and powering the data centre with renewable energy. Overall the approach has enabled Merlin to achieve an industry-leading PUE (Power Usage Efficiency) of 1.09.

To minimise the generation of landfill, working with our facilities teams we have installed central waste recycling points in all of our offices including food waste bins where collection is available. In addition, targeted communications have been employed to engage our employees and inspire behaviour change in their approach to recycling.

During office refurbishments we consider the disposal of old office furniture and equipment, looking for creative ways to extend their lifespan. For example, this has included donating furniture and IT equipment to local universities.

In addition, we are starting to look at how circular economy principles can be employed to eliminate the need to create waste in the first place.

Performance Since 2014 we have achieved a 1% reduction in total business travel emissions, building on the 13% reduction achieved between 2008 and 2013. To help accelerate the reduction in our business travel emissions, in 2017 we established a new Travel Board with a focus on four key work streams: employee engagement, travel policy, low emissions transport and technology alternatives to travel. Since 2014 we have achieved an 11% reduction in office energy use and an associated 28% reduction in office energy emissions. Since 2014 we have achieved an 11% reduction in data centre energy use. However, over the same period our average PUE has increased, driven by the re-balancing of our data centre portfolio. We expect this trend to begin reversing in 2017, with the closure of less efficient data centres as part of the continued rationalisation of our data centre portfolio and with several energy efficiency improvements made in late 2016 coming into effect. Since 2014 we have reduced our waste to landfill by 12% and reduced the total amount of waste generated by 8%.
Did you know Globally Capgemini employees spend approximately 2.8 million minutes on SkypeTM and video conference calls every month, reducing our need for business travel. Through the utilisation of new technology and designing innovative office layouts, we’ve merged two of our London offices into one – and there is still space for our growing workforce. Merlin and our Bristol data centre (Toltec) have both been approved as meeting the requirement of the “EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres” in recognition of our efforts to reduce energy consumption while still delivering key data centre functionality. In 2016 we were able to close an entire site and send zero waste to landfill in the process.

 

Merlin – one of  the world’s most sustainable data centres

Merlin, our ground breaking data centre, remains one of the world’s most sustainable data centres setting new standards for data centre energy efficiency. Sustainability is at the heart of the Merlin project – from location selection and building design and construction, through to the day-to-day operation of the site.

 

 

Among Merlin’s key sustainability achievements are

  • A world leading Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) ratio of 1.09;
  • LEED standard construction – an independent and internationally recognised green building accreditation;
  • Fresh air cooling system that delivers 80% savings in run costs and produces up to 50% less carbon emissions;
  • Power savings of over 70% compared to an ‘industry average’ data centre (with PUE 1.8); and
  • The elimination of batteries in the Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) thanks to the application of innovative flywheel technology.


We are impactful – working with our clients, suppliers and people, to enable a more prosperous planet

 

Target: To reduce three times as much carbon emissions in our ecosystem (with clients, suppliers and people) as we generate through our own operations.

Our biggest environmental influence is through work we do with our ecosystem – our people, our suppliers and particularly our clients.

Our clients:

Approach: 

We believe technology will play a vital role in tackling the challenges of climate change and resource scarcity. We can already see this happening with the development and utilisation of new technologies such as the internet of things, artificial intelligence and smart cities helping to meet global challenges.

In 2014 we joined a group of leading companies supported by the Climate Group and Forum for the Future, to push the sustainability agenda to the next level by focusing on what it means to be Net Positive. For us, being Net Positive means to be an organisation where our positive environmental impacts are outweighing our negative ones. In line with this, in 2015 we established our Net Positive target:

To reduce three times as much carbon emissions in our ecosystem (with clients, suppliers and team members) as we generate through our own operations.

 

Impact: We will be publishing a report in 2018 showcasing our progress against this target. Early examples of progress include a range of our services provided through solutions such as smart energy services and lean operational models.

Our suppliers:

Approach: 

Since 2010 we’ve been committed to assessing 100% of our suppliers using our supplier assessment tool. Using the suppliers’ responses we’re able to identify those not aligned with our supply chain standards and manage accordingly.

In August 2016 we launched an updated on-line supplier assessment tool enabling us to gather more in-depth profiles across our supplier base. The data and analytics capabilities of this new tool will enable us to focus upon specific topics such as the Modern Slavery Act, diversity & inclusion, and the circular economy across our supplier base.

We work with suppliers to meet our required standards. Where suppliers fail to address issues within a reasonable time, we will consider whether to continue to work with them. To date over 300 suppliers have been de-listed due to non-compliance.

 

Impact: Capgemini UK is a rated supplier on the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) sustainability index.

Our people

Approach: 

We are committed to raising awareness of sustainability as a business critical issue and are embedding sustainability thinking across our business. For example, during our new joiners’ induction programme, we communicate the importance of sustainability to our business.  All employees are also required to complete an online training course on the topic.

We communicate with our employees regularly on sustainability topics through various internal communications channels including our intranet. Each year we host a focused ‘Environment Week’ raising awareness of the importance of sustainability, both in people’s professional and personal lives. Furthermore, we capture the enthusiasm and expertise of our graduate community on sustainability through a formal ‘Environmental Giving Back’ programme.

Our world class carbon accounting tool also enables us to generate monthly ‘Employee Carbon Statements’, allowing employees to see the emissions associated with their business travel.

Impact: Our award winning TravelWell programme enabled our people to reduce their business travel emissions by 14% between 2014 and 2016. In 2016 over 1,247 UK employees participated in our first ever commuting survey to gather insights and ensure the relevance our travel programme moving forward.


We are accountable – managing our impacts to ensure we meet our ambitious targets

 

We have implemented a world class carbon accounting system enabling us to measure, analyse and transparently report on our environmental impacts. We measure our carbon footprint globally, capturing millions of data points every month from over 500 facilities and covering the travel patterns of over 180,000 people. On the macro-level, our advanced carbon accounting tool enables us to forecast global emissions, track progress against our ambitious environmental targets and analyse and react to risks and opportunities as they emerge. On a micro-level, we’re able to generate project specific carbon reports using unique project codes, and ‘individual carbon statements’ for employees.

In order to streamline and optimise this process, we have developed an innovative carbon accounting team as part of our global Sustainability Centre of Excellence based in India. The team are responsible for ensuring the consistency and comparability of our carbon reporting across the Capgemini Group.

We are recognised externally for the comprehensiveness of our carbon accounting, with the Capgemini Group being assessed by Bloomberg as being only one of 66 companies (out of around 3,000 assessed) which transparently reports 100% of its carbon impact.

We also work to ensure that Capgemini can manage the risks and opportunities related to climate change. For example, managing business continuity in the case of extreme weather events or helping clients manage their business continuity risks.

Day-to-day environmental management is also monitored through our ISO 14001 certified Environmental Management System. The programme is governed by the Capgemini UK Sustainability Board, which is comprised of chief executive officers and other senior executives from across our key business units. It meets on a regular basis to agree strategy and review performance.

Targets

At the beginning of December 2016, the Sustainability Board of Capgemini UK announced our approved ‘Science-Based Target’, making Capgemini the first IT Services and Consulting company to have its target approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTI). The SBTI confirms that our goals are consistent with the global effort to keep temperatures well below the 2-degree threshold recommended at the COP21 climate conference in Paris.

The new target is:

This overarching target is underpinned by a number of resource efficiency targets focussing on our key impact areas:

  • To reduce business travel  emissions by 25% by 2020 & 50% by 2030 (compared to 2014)
  • To reduce office energy consumption by 20% by 2020 & 40% by 2030 (compared to 2014)
  • To improve our data centre energy efficiency, reducing our average PUE ratio to 1.5 by 2020
  • We will continue to assess 100% of suppliers on their sustainability performance
  • We are also committed to reducing three times as much carbon emissions in our ecosystem (clients, suppliers and team members) as we generate through our own operations.

Performance


We have also reduced our waste to landfill by 90% since 2008

Recent Recognition

In 2016 we received 11 top tier investor and sustainability rankings and awards including:

coming in the top tier of the 2016 BITC Environment Index with a platinum rating. This index benchmarks companies against all aspects of their environmental management and performance;

becoming a rated supplier on the CIPS Corporate Sustainability Index;

 


being reconfirmed as a constituent of the Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Europe and a new constituent of the Global Excellence Index in March 2017; and

 

receiving a score of ‘A-’ in the CDP climate change index, placing Capgemini in the top 25% of all companies assessed by CDP.

 

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