Our carbon reduction goal

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.

PwC US carbon footprint1

PwC US carbon footprint

Year Metric tons absolute CO2e Metric tons CO2e per full-time employee
FY07 293,558 9.5
FY08 273,507 8.9
FY09 231,417 7.4
FY10 227,198 7.2
FY11 243,316 7.3
FY12 257,1672 7.0
FY16 Target 205,490  

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.

PwC US FY12 carbon footprint

  • Air travel 42%
  • Commuting 32%
  • Workspace2 11%
  • Other 15%

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).

Environmental Statement

Our Environmental Statement further outlines both our commitment and approach to driving environmental sustainability throughout our firm and across our value chain.


  • 1 We used the World Resource Institute/World Business Council for Sustainable Development GHG protocol to develop our footprint estimate.
  • 2 Half of the energy we used in our offices in FY12 came from renewable sources. We purchased renewable energy certificates (RECs) for 54,500 MWh, which lowered our CO2 emissions from 283,491 to 257,167. The RECs, from wind energy projects across the country, are certified by Green-e® Energy and verified by an independent third party.