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Environmental impact

Environmental impact

We aim to deliver environmental excellence across our business.

We aim to deliver environmental excellence across our business.

Environment excellence is very important to KPMG, both in our own operations and in the advice and services we supply to clients.

Our environmental aims

  1. We’re reducing our energy consumption and associated CO2 emissions 
  2. We’re avoiding any unnecessary travel and considering alternatives to travel wherever possible 
  3. We’re operating in a resource-efficient manner and minimising waste, sending zero waste to landfill in sites we fully occupy 
  4. We’re reporting our emissions in a transparent way 
  5. We’re focusing on supply chain management to reduce environmental impacts through a number of collaborative projects 
  6. We’re creating new sustainable offices 
  7. We’re engaging with our clients through our Sustainability Services practice

We strive for transparency in our reporting and our efforts are consistently recognised through continued high performance in the Business in the Community Corporate Responsibility Index. In 2015, we were awarded a 4-star rating, in recognition of our performance as a responsible business.

Improving our carbon footprint

From paint to plasterboard, we’re investing in innovative engineering technologies and working with equipment manufacturers to buy and scope the most energy efficient products for use in our new buildings.

Due to this we’re using innovative technology in our buildings, such as a grey water recycling scheme, capturing lost heat from catering refrigerators to heat hot water and even heat recovery from air extraction making our buildings more sustainable. We also use LED’s in our new buildings, with presence sending, and daylight responsive technology built in. 

We are also investing in modern videoconferencing and IT systems to reduce business travel. 

We’re also asking our people and our suppliers to help us identify and create emissions savings. 

We’re making good progress against our commitment to significantly reduce our carbon emissions: see how we performed in 2014.

Reducing Waste

Our aim is to operate efficiently and minimise waste, sending zero office waste to landfill. 

We’ve achieved this already in the offices we own and control, but have set ourselves an ambitious target to have zero waste to landfill in all of our offices (even where we are tenants) by 2017. 

We also want to increase our recycling rates across the UK to 70 percent and minimise our waste to energy. We’ve already introduced composting at our Canada Square office and have started removing polystyrene across all of our offices.

Our buildings

KPMG is currently undergoing a major overhaul of its estate, with significant investment in new buildings in Manchester, Leeds, Bristol and London, as well as upgrades to a number of our regional offices. 

Through investment in the design and technology of these buildings, we aim to attain the highest BREEAM standard possible. Already, we have achieved SKA gold rating for our developments in Manchester and Leeds, and BREEAM excellent in Manchester. 

We also operate an environmental management system (EMS) which is certified to ISO14001 standard, we were recently recommended for re-accreditation for the next 3 years.


KPMG has committed to supporting DEFRA’s national pollinator strategy. We aim to educate employees on what they can do to support pollinators in their own gardens, and we have committed to planting pollinator flowers and hotels across our estate. 

We also manage our own hives and have over 40,000 bees on the roof at our Canary Wharf offices, soon to be joined by more hives at our Leeds office. We are also supporting solitary bees by placing bee hotels across our estate, where we can.

Policy work

As a leading UK professional services firm, we are often asked for our advice on policy and proposed changes to legislation by regulatory organisations. We work closely with DEFRA on mandatory carbon reporting, DECC on the ESOS directive and IETA on emissions trading schemes. 

As well as sitting on a number of working groups and panels, we regularly publish thought leadership research documents. Recent reports include:

Performance targets to 2020

Our current performance reduction targets are to: 

  • Reduce our greenhouse gas emissions (scope 1, 2 and 3) by 20 percent by 2020 (from a 2010 baseline) 
  • We will work with our landlords to try to achieve zero waste to landfill for our sites where we are tenants by 2017* 
  • Increase our recycling rate by 10 percent by 2017 

*We have achieved zero waste to landfill in sites we fully occupy.

View our current performance in our annual review.