By the end of fiscal year 2014, Accenture reduced its employee carbon emissions by 43 percent against its 2007 baseline — exceeding its target by 8 percent. The global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company reported details about its 2014 environmental impact in its 2014 Corporate Citizenship Report, Making a Measurable Difference.
More than 80 percent of the company’s carbon footprint consists of the emissions generated through business air travel and office electricity use. Through its various carbon reduction initiatives, Accenture avoided approximately 2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide between FY 2007 and 2014. FY 2014 was its most energy-efficient to date. The company cumulatively saved an estimated 530,000 MWh of electricity and avoided more than 330,000 metric tons of related CO2 compared to the baseline year. Its supply chain strategy to replace nonrenewable energy with renewable energy also contributed to reductions in per employee carbon emissions in FY 2014, allowing Accenture to avoid nearly 40,000 metric tons of CO2 across its global operations. By the end of 2014, 25 percent of Accenture’s India energy portfolio was generated from zero-emissions sources.
All of the company’s existing sites maintained ISO 14001 Environmental Management System certification in 2014. Accenture was also included for the first time on CDP’s Global Climate Performance Leadership Index, receiving a disclosure score of 94 out of 100 and a performance score of A.
The company continued its commitment to the responsible disposable of electronic waste. More than 99 percent of the company’s 260 metric tons of discarded computer equipment was disposed of through responsible disposal vendors rather than through landfills.
Accenture plans to reduce its per employee carbon emissions by more than 50 percent against its fiscal 2007 baseline by the end of FY 2020.