Our approach - Environment

Going dark for a brighter future

There’s more to Earth Hour than switching off lights for an hour once a year. We believe it is about uniting the world and working together to create a better, brighter future. Since 2009, PwC firms all around the world have joined this global movement to raise awareness of sustainability issues.

“At PwC Singapore, we have taken other, albeit small, steps to demonstrate our commitment to energy conservation. We first started a lunch-hour lights-out programme, and now we have after-dark timed lights-out schedules.

In their own small way, these initiatives help protect our planet, improve our cost-effectiveness as a business, and inculcate positive behavioural changes in our people.”

- Keith Ng, Corporate Responsibility Team member, PwC Singapore 

Our green journey

Minimising our impact on the environment is a key component of our sustainability agenda. In 2011, we conducted an internal measurement exercise of our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to better understand our environmental impact. For a consistent and structured approach, PwC China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan applied a unified GHG emissions calculation method and adopted ISO 14064: 2006 as well as The Greenhouse Gas Protocol in developing our GHG inventory.

Becoming a more environmentally sustainable organisation and achieving significant reductions in our carbon footprint is an ongoing challenge. It isn’t just about processes, goals and measures. It’s about staff engagement and inspiring positive behavioural change over a sustained period of time. 

“Our green journey is a gradual but steady one. Collectively, we’ve given up the convenience of bottled water for eco-friendlier water jugs and double-sided printing is the norm now. To encourage us to think about the environmental impact of our transportation choices, the firm away ez-link cards in 2012. The cards were adorned with a Gelyn Ong painting  which made it all the more meaningful.”

- Deborah Ong, Human Capital Partner, PwC Singapore