Reducing energy demand and consumption across our offices remains a key priority for Capgemini. We are committed to purchasing 100% renewable electricity supply for all facilities where we have control over the electricity contract.
In 2018, we reduced energy use in our offices by a further 12%, resulting in a total reduction of 42% since 2014. This means we have achieved and exceeded our 2030 target of reducing energy consumption in our offices by 40%. This achievement has been driven through the consolidation of our offices (14%), the improvement of the energy efficiency of our office space (28%) and the decarbonisation of the energy grid (24%).
This energy reduction has been facilitated by our ISO 50001 certified energy management system, which is governed by our Energy and Environment Management forum. The forum is responsible for identifying new opportunities for energy improvement and innovation to ensure continual progress towards our target.
Committed to 100% Renewable Electricity:
Whilst our focus remains on reducing our absolute energy consumption, we are also committed to ensuring that the energy we consume is procured from a renewable energy source. For over 10 years we have been committed to purchasing 100% renewable electricity for all facilities where we have direct control over the electricity contract.
Investing in energy efficient offices:
Since the inception of our environmental sustainability programme in 2008, we’ve invested in upgrading the infrastructure of our buildings in order to improve their energy efficiency. We’ve also automated lighting, cooling and heating systems using smart building technology to further increase efficiency. Other initiatives include:
Aston – sustainable flagship office:
Our Aston office has become a flagship for new sustainable building technologies. In February 2015, we installed rainwater harvesting equipment at this site, enabling us to use rainwater for flushing toilets and reducing mains water costs. In June 2015, we completed the installation of solar photovoltaic panels on the roof, which complement the small solar thermal system already in place at this site. The panels have already generated over 58,000 kWh electricity enough to power 15 homes in the UK for one year (based on average annual domestic energy consumption).
Holborn – Sustainable Refurbishments:
Our London Holborn office embraces modern, collaborative, activity-based working to the full. It also demonstrates excellence in sustainable and eco-friendly design with these factors being considered from the inception to the completion of the refurbishment.
Advances in video conferencing technology have radically changed the way businesses operate, reducing the need for time consuming and carbon intensive business travel. As part of the Holborn refurbishment, all of our meeting rooms were fitted with the technology needed to host a video conference through Skype for business.
As well as improving the technological capabilities of the Holborn office, we also updated the décor and furnishings, to deliver a more modern and contemporary office environment. When purchasing new office furniture, environmental credentials were considered alongside cost and durability to ensure the items were in-keeping with our commitment to sustainability. Furthermore, we took measures to divert any waste generated away from landfill by either, re-using in other offices, breaking down for recycling, or where possible donating to other organisation to extend the items lifecycle. For example, we partnered with Birmingham City University, donating old office furniture and IT equipment for one of their new facilities.