Taking climate action

Over the last decade, we’ve continued to set bigger and bolder environment goals for ourselves. Our new, industry-leading climate action goals take an ambitious approach.

Achieve net-zero emissions by 2025

We’ll focus on actual reductions across our scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions and will invest in nature-based solutions to remove carbon from the atmosphere.

Move to zero waste

By 2025, we’ll reuse or recycle all our e-waste and office furniture. We’re committed to eliminating single-use plastics in our locations post-COVID.

Plan for water risk

By 2025, we’ll develop plans to reduce the impact of flooding, drought and water scarcity on our business and our people in high-risk areas.

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Our net-zero+ goals

Achieve net-zero emissions by 2025

  • We’ll focus first on actual reductions in our emissions by powering our offices with 100% renewable energy, engaging key suppliers to reduce their emissions and equipping our people to make climate-smart travel decisions.
  • To address remaining emissions, we’ll invest in proprietary, nature-based carbon removals that will directly remove emissions from the atmosphere.

Move to zero waste

  • By 2025, we’ll reuse or recycle 100% of our e-waste, such as computers and servers, as well as all of our office furniture.
  • We’re committed to eliminating single-use plastics in our locations at the conclusion of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Plan for water risk

  • By 2025, we’ll develop plans to reduce the impact of flooding, drought and water scarcity on our business and our people in high-risk areas.
  • We’ll also immediately begin to measure and reduce water use in these locations.
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Accelerating environmental sustainability

To reach our net-zero goal by 2025, we will reduce emissions by powering offices with 100% renewable electricity, engaging key suppliers to reduce their emissions and equipping Accenture’s people to make climate-smart travel decisions.

We increased our mix of renewable electricity to 30% in fiscal 2020, an improvement over our 26% renewable electricity rate in fiscal 2019.

We are committed to reaching 100% renewable electricity by 2023 as part of our participation in the RE100, a global corporate leadership initiative bringing together influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity.

Working toward our science-based target

Chart shows Accenture's carbon emissions reduction journey and progress toward our Science-Based Target to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions 11% by 2025 against our 2016 baseline, including a reduction of 65 percent of our scope 1 and 2 emissions.

We are proud to be the largest professional services company with a goal aligned to the Science Based Targets initiative.

By 2025, we aim to reduce our absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 11%, our scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 65% and scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions per unit of revenue intensity by 40%. Our progress against those goals in 2020:

  • Total emissions—reflecting short term impacts of the pandemic—decreased by 32% from our baseline, exceeding one aspect of our 2025 target
  • Scope 1 and 2 were reduced by 39% 
  • Emissions per unit of revenue were reduced by 45% 

While we celebrate the temporary reductions in emissions seen in fiscal 2020 and the important possibilities this represents, we remain committed to keeping our sights set on exceeding all the elements of our science-based target on a long-term basis following the end of the pandemic and its related impacts.

Reducing our environmental impact

We’ve achieved ISO® 14001 Environmental Management System-certification globally—and we’re setting our sights on doing more. From smart meters to renewable energy, we continue to assess and reduce our environmental impact at locations around the world.

Carbon reduction journey

From fiscal 2007 to fiscal 2017, we reduced our core carbon emissions per employee by more than 52% against our 2007 baseline.

Hover over the bars in the chart to view a percentage breakdown of our carbon emissions by year.

 

1% 1 1% 32% 56% 621,198 1% 1 1% 31% 57% 6 1 1,914 2% 14% 33% 51% 541,552 2% 1 1% 32% 54% 563,540 2% 10% 33% 56% 627,631 1% 12% 34% 53% 667,295 1% 13% 34% 51% 683,751 1% 15% 34% 50% 665,4 1 1 1% 14% 33% 52% 712,769 1% 20% 32% 47% 797,094 1% 20% 30% 49% 791,013 Other Energy (Natural Gas, Diesel) T otal Carbon Emissions per Employee Other Business Travel Office Electricity Global Headcount (at fiscal year end) Air T ravel FY07 FY08 FY09 FY10 FY11 FY12 FY13 FY14 FY15 FY16 FY17 FY15 4.04 3.45 3.00 3.00 2.84 2.68 2.58 2.28 2.14 2.13 1.96 170k 187k 177k 204k 236k 257k 275k 305k 358k 384k 425k

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