Environmental stewardship

Climate change and resource scarcity are major forces shaping our future

Without real and lasting global action, average temperatures are predicted to increase by more than two degrees Celsius, a threshold at which scientists believe potentially irreversible environmental changes will occur. While progress has been made, the reality is that current rates of decarbonisation are less than half what is needed to achieve two degrees.

Healthy ecosystems are critical to healthy economies. Yet the world’s current economic model is pushing beyond the limits of the planet’s ability to cope. To better understand our environment commitment across the globe, our work with clients and how we are managing our own impact click below.

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Our commitment

While driving efficiency to reduce our absolute carbon impact, we commit to offsetting air travel emissions from FY19 and to sourcing 100% renewables for our electricity consumption and offsetting residual energy use by FY22.

Our commitment was signed off by our 21 Strategy Council territories (representing over 88% of FY18 network revenue) in early 2018.  

Avoiding or reducing emissions associated with our energy use is the starting point for our environmental strategy.

The majority of our scope 1 and 2 emissions come from the energy we use in our buildings (and data centres). Many of our territories have already achieved significant reductions, such as PwC UK who have reduced these emissions by 84% between 2007 and 2018. 

Our greatest opportunity for improvement often comes when we make office moves or refurbishments. Many of our buildings are now certified to environmental standards as a result of our leasing or building requirements. 54% of our PwC US office space is ‘LEED certified’.

We are also seeing strong action by our territories that operate car fleets. For exampe, PwC Netherlands have committed to a fully electric car fleet by 2025.

For the energy we do consume, our commitment is to go 100% renewable. We plan to do this by transitioning our largest firms to renewable energy by FY22, with a slightly longer ramp-up for some of our smaller territories and/or markets.

While territories are taking steps to reduce emissions from air travel, we are taking action to mitigate our impacts. Read more about our approach to offsetting our FY19 unavoidable emissions.

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Contact us

Kirsty Jennings

Global Corporate Responsibility Leader, PwC Australia

Tel: +61 3 8603 0174

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