Our environmental footprint is smaller than that of many manufacturing and resource-intensive companies. But the services we provide do have wide-ranging impacts – from the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with our travel and the ways our people get to work, to the energy we use in our workspaces, to the waste created in our offices. As we work toward managing our firm’s environmental footprint through policies, systems, and engagement programs, we focus on the areas where PwC can make the biggest difference.
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In FY07, we set a goal to reduce our carbon footprint by 20% by FY12. In 2011, we met that goal. However, not long after hitting our goal, overall emissions began to rise, primarily due to a growing workforce and increased air travel. We have stepped up our efforts, and in FY12, we adopted a new goal to cut our absolute carbon emissions by an additional 10% by FY16 – totaling a 30% overall reduction from our original FY07 baseline.
Finding ways to reduce our footprint will be challenging as the firm increases our overall number of partners and staff to meet the needs of our clients. To reach the 30% reduction goal, we’re building on our environmental strategy with a variety of approaches, including continuing to improve the efficiency of our offices, promoting the use of mass transit and carpooling, leveraging the enthusiasm of our Green Teams, exploring additional ways to manage our firm’s overall air travel, and managing the impact of our energy consumption through the use of renewable energy certificates (RECs).
Our Environmental Statement further outlines both our commitment and approach to driving environmental sustainability throughout our firm and across our value chain.