Timeline 2030: Our commitments to act
While we are proud of our long-standing track record of environmental stewardship, the Group acknowledges the very real threat of climate change and we are committed to further reducing our impact on the environment. As such, we have committed to reducing our global carbon emissions by 30% per head by the end of 2030.* By that time, we have also committed to two further environmental targets to improve our overall energy efficiency and to minimise the use of unnecessary consumables — supporting our overall corporate responsibility strategy as well as aligning with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Reducing our carbon emissions
By the end of 2030, the Group aims to reduce our carbon emissions from business travel (cars, trains, flights) by 30% per head and to convert our vehicle fleet to electric, wherever possible.
Choosing low-carbon energy
By the end of 2030, 75% of all electricity purchased by the Group will be sourced from energy providers who can guarantee that it comes from renewable or low-carbon sources.
Minimising paper consumption
By the end of 2030, the Group will reduce paper consumption by 25% per head, actively promoting increased utilisation of digital alternatives across our global workforce.
The Group acknowledges the global threat posed by climate change and is taking positive steps to reduce our environmental impact and offset our carbon emissions. That's why we're proud to pursue external certification and accreditation of our environmental initiatives and practices to ensure that we're doing our part as stewards for the environment.
Carbon Balanced operations — worldwide
The Group’s operations have been offset through the World Land Trust (WLT) Carbon Balanced Programme since 2015, which means we invest in carbon offset schemes equivalent to our emissions as assessed by WLT carbon specialists.
The World Land Trust has used the funds contributed by the Group to protect and restore threatened forest in key areas of conservation importance, preventing CO2 emissions and enhancing the carbon they store. We support projects in Vietnam, Ecuador and Mexico, including the Forest Protection Project at Khe Nuoc Trong in Vietnam, one of the best remaining examples of Annamite Lowland Forest in the world.
Through its partnership with the World Land Trust, the Group offsets more than 2,000 tonnes of the business’ CO2 emissions each year.
Our Amsterdam, Dublin, London and Paris offices have all successfully maintained ISO 14001 accreditation, the International Standard for Environmental Management. Currently, more than one-fifth of the Group’s employees worldwide operate in locations which are covered by the ISO14001 certification.
Our best practice environmental management policy is in the process of being rolled out across the rest of the Group on an ongoing basis. The Standard provides a framework for achieving the balance between maintaining profitability while setting targets for improving the organisation’s environmental performance.