Kudos to PwC – Hits Carbon Emission Targets Three Years Early

The focus on carbon emission reductions is often on manufacturing or the transportation sector. But the growing services industry has its effects on the planet, too. Large consulting and accounting firms have employees around the globe who fly to client sites week after week. Add energy-hogging data centers to the mix. Then you have office space rented where lights and computers are running around the clock.

Nevertheless, professional services firms are doing their part to mitigate their impact on the environment. PricewaterhouseCoopers has done its part, too: the firm has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions this year by 20% from its 2007 levels. 

The reduction is impressive when one considers that PwC had worked to achieve that goal by 2012.  Travel, a huge part of PwC’s operations, was instrumental in achieving the firm’s goals. PwC held more virtual events and ramped up video conferencing. The results are impressive: a 30% reduction in total flight segments booked by employees and a 27% decrease in total miles flown.

PwC also invested in $5.7 million in energy audits at its largest properties, resulting in those offices’ collective 18% reduction in energy consumption. Its newest data, which opened this year, is LEED Gold certified. But the firm does not only focus on big energy efficiency projects – PwC has set up “green teams” in over 50 offices, which remind employees of initiatives to a reduction in disposable cup use to a policy of double-sided printing in its offices. – Source: TriplePundit.com