Our goals and commitments

We’ve committed to achieve net-zero emissions by 2025, focusing first on actual reductions across our Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions. To do this, we’ll:

  • Plan to meet our office energy needs with 100% renewable electricity by 2023 and equip our people to make climate-smart travel decisions.
  • Require 90% of our key suppliers* to disclose their environmental targets and actions being taken to reduce emissions by 2025.
  • Address remaining emissions by investing in nature-based carbon removal solutions that will directly remove carbon from the atmosphere.

Move to zero waste

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

Plan for water risk

  • We’re developing plans to reduce the impact of flooding, drought and water scarcity on our business and our people in high-risk areas.
  • We’re also measuring and reducing water use in these locations.

*Key suppliers are defined as vendors that represent a significant portion of our 2019 Scope 3 emissions.

Renewable electricity

Because we do not own our office buildings, and procure most of our energy from the grid, our plans to increase renewable electricity are not heavily focused on on-site renewable generation.

Rather, we are engaging market-based renewable electricity purchase opportunities—in line with the guidelines set by RE100, a global corporate leadership initiative bringing together influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity. In locations where Accenture owns electricity procurement decisions, we can move fast to make changes. In locations where energy is purchased on our behalf, we are collaborating with building management and others to improve our renewable electricity mix.

At the end of fiscal 2021, our mix of renewable electricity reached 53%, an improvement over our 30% renewable electricity rate in fiscal 2020. We are committed to reaching 100% renewable electricity in our offices by 2023 as part of our participation in the RE100.

Green IT

Accenture’s global IT organization takes a cloud-first approach to the way we operate, develop new applications and innovate to run our business.

Our first major step was to move Accenture applications from data centers to the public cloud.

Now that our journey to cloud is complete, we have a direct advantage of consuming the new, more sustainable capabilities from cloud providers. As they deploy these new sustainable capabilities, by being in the cloud already, we can consume them much faster. By fully being in the cloud, we can truly pivot to using the cloud through a consumption-based model where we manage our computing needs through just-in-time computing and optimize our footprint constantly to serve Accenture.

Working toward our science-based target

Through our science-based target, by 2025 we aim to reduce our absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 11%, our Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 65%, and our Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions per unit of revenue intensity by 40% from our baseline in 2016.

Our progress against these goals in 2021:

  • Total emissions—reflecting continued impacts from the pandemic—decreased by 65% from our baseline, exceeding one aspect of our 2025 target.
  • Scope 1 and 2 were reduced by 72%.
  • Total emissions per unit of revenue were reduced by 76%.

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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