Taking climate action
As a professional services company, the most significant aspects of our environmental footprint are the greenhouse gas emissions we generate through travel and the electricity used in our locations. We continue to explore innovative technologies and processes to decouple business growth from emissions growth.
Our environmental journey
In September 2019, we announced our commitment to using 100% renewable energy across our global operations by 2023.
Shifting to renewable energy is a critical step toward achieving our Science-Based Target, approved by the Science-Based Targets Initiative, to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) 11 percent by 2025 against our 2016 baseline. To date, we are the largest professional services company to make this type of commitment.
We are continually working to develop responsible solutions for further sustainable growth and intensify our focus on the efficiency of our business operations. These efforts include reducing our energy use and switching to renewable forms of power, as well as addressing air travel impact and supply chain sustainability.
Reducing our carbon footprint in the Netherlands
As of 2017, Accenture in the Netherlands reached 'Level 5' in CO2 certification. Providing biannual insights into its conscious performance, the company is ambitiously climbing up the CO2 Performance Ladder, a tool used to measure the reduction of carbon dioxide release. Please note that you can find all CO2 Performance Ladder reports at the bottom of the article.
Savitri Groag, Impact Lead at Accenture, emphasizes how "the power of innovative suppliers and partners can contribute to a positive impact. For example, we collaborate with WasteWatchers and BuurtBuik to reduce our food waste. For over a year now, we’ve used the WasteWatchers app, which provides us insights into food waste. With that, we have reduced our waste from 30 to 10 percent, which contributes to our Circular and Zero Waste ambition."
"Additionally, we collaborate with many large companies around the Amsterdam Zuidas to scale our zero-waste initiatives through the Green Business Club. Partnering up with other big players to combat and prevent environmental damage is on top of our priorities list."
Some examples of our CO2-reduction initiatives
In our most recent report, we boldly demonstrate what leading by example really means. We account for the following initiatives taken:
- Contribute to Green Deal Zero Emission Logistics and Zero Waste ambition for companies at Amsterdam Zuidas.
- Offer a travel budget instead of a lease car, and for those that do need a car, we offer an affordable electric car option. Also, we are actively involved in the ‘Anders Reizen’ coalition and take part in KLM's Corporate Biofuel Program.
- Eco-volunteer through Globe Observer and World Cleanup Day.
- Print less or not at all to reduce our CO2 emissions. In case we do need to print, we’ve selected paper made from agri-waste, which is transformed into paper by PaperWise.
- Contribute to a balanced biodiversity. Bees are the world’s most important pollinator of food crops. It is estimated that one-third of the food that we consume each day relies on pollination. We support biodiversity by leasing beehives through BeeLease.
How will you make a difference? Share your suggestions on how Accenture could reduce its environmental CO2 footprint with Impact Lead Savitri Groag.