Energy Efficiency, Commercial, Sourcing Renewables - January 26, 2018
PwC pledges 100% RE
PwC, formerly Pricewaterhouse Coopers, announced that it will commit to procuring 100% renewable energy and reducing its total carbon footprint by 40%.
As reported by Clean Technica, PwC revealed on Jan. 25 that the London-based professional services network cut its overall carbon footprint in the UK by nearly one-third since 2007. This was accomplished primarily by reducing energy consumption in its buildings by 77%.
"By setting clear targets we’ve been able to make a significant difference to our carbon footprint over the past 10 years," said Kevin Ellis, chairman and senior partner at PwC.
PwC’s plan to reduce energy consumption came by way of a four-way approach, including operating differently, redesigning offices, refurbishing offices, and investing in new technology. Another key element to the company’s success was a commitment to hold business travel flat—which actually led to a 4% reduction in travel.
"The role that businesses can play in limiting the impacts of climate change shouldn’t be underestimated," said Bridget Jackson, head of corporate sustainability at PwC. "It’s encouraging to see so many organizations making bold commitments to de-carbonize their operations." Considering the company’s achievements since 2007, Ellis said, "Along our 10-year journey we’ve learned a lot and have been able to pioneer new, environmentally-friendly technologies, which are now used more widely across the industry. Reducing our carbon footprint has also had financial benefits, showing that economic success and doing the right thing can go hand-in-hand."
Ellis concluded by announcing that PwC has set new targets to further reduce their carbon footprint over the next five years.
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