As a global service-based organization, managing our environmental impacts begins with focusing on the key sources of our emissions and the greatest opportunities for reduction. For example:
- striving to be more efficient in the consumption of electricity by occupying green buildings and investing in alternative energy sources such as solar panels
- investing in green office equipment and IT technology
- utilizing video conferencing in place of air travel to reduce travel-related emissions
- providing incentives for employees to use public transit and energy efficient vehicles.
To help reduce carbon emissions further, we also promote environmental sustainability by reducing paper and water consumption, by implementing solutions such as pull-printing technology, IT supplier management processes and recycling programs.
Examples from KPMG member firms
- KPMG UK’s SKA gold-rated Manchester tenancy and the ‘green office’ in London spearhead KPMG UK’s carbon reduction initiatives, with each building working on ambitious CO2 reduction and resource efficiency targets.
- As of 2015, KPMG US has 27 LEED certified tenancies. LEED certification of KPMG tenancies is part of a larger coordinated effort on resource efficiency by KPMG US.
- At KPMG in Canada, the Bay Adelaide Centre is Toronto's first structure to receive the LEED Gold Standard. Built using local and recycled construction materials, it optimizes energy, water and light. The KPMG floors have been built to LEED-Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) Gold Certification, providing an environmentally-friendly interior workspace.
- KPMG in South Africa has applied for Greenstar ratings for its Wanooka Place and Polokwane buildings. The Wanooka building implemented a heat exchange system, re-used materials salvaged from the demolition, and incorporated local sandstone in the facade.
- KPMG South Africa, Italy and the US continue to utilise solar energy generated on site at particular tenancies (Parktown (SA), Milan (IT) and Montvale (US).
- KPMG Australia’s major tenancies in Sydney and Melbourne are set for relocation to new state-of-the-art tenancies in 2016 and 2017 respectively. The energy efficient design of these buildings is expected to have a considerable impact on electricity consumption for KPMG Australia.
Supporting employees, suppliers and clients
KPMG member firm environment programs include Living Green at KPMG in the United States and Step Lightly at KPMG in Australia. Such programs raise employee awareness of the importance of conservation and motivate them to consider the environment outside the workplace. Initiatives include:
- addressing environmental impacts of their supply chain
- updating procurement policies to address environmental considerations when purchasing goods and services.
- working with conference venues to ensure that environmental sustainability is considered at events and meetings.
Through transparent reporting on the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), we seek to voluntarily inform clients and other external stakeholders on our emissions profile and our strategies for managing the environmental impacts of KPMG International and our member firms.
KPMG firms also work with like-minded clients to measure any environmental impacts in their supply chains. In 2015, KPMG International was nominated by the CDP for its ‘Best Supply Chain Responder’ award.
Carbon neutral client engagements
Recent engagement tenders by KPMG member firms, supported by KPMG International, have made voluntary commitments to be carbon neutral through the purchase of carbon offsets. KPMG International has developed an emissions calculation tool to help engagement teams measure and offset their carbon emissions related to energy consumption, travel, lodging and meals.
Supporting environmental projects
The Corporate Citizenship team for KPMG in Brazil entered a pilot program with the World Wildlife Federation (WWF) on environmental education over Brazil’s Cerrado Biome.
With the support of the Instituto de Permacultura e Ecovilas do Cerrado (IPEC), the three-year program could benefit 5,000 students from public schools each year. The pilot project will also be presented to Brazil’s Ministry of Education and Ministry of Environment by the WWF to drive public policy education on environmental sustainability.
KPMG International coordinates the collection of environmental data across 41 member firms, representing 83% of the global headcount. Data is extrapolated for the remaining 17%. A global methodology defined in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol is used to provide member firms with a consistent approach to data collection across:
- Electricity, heating and cooling: Energy consumption is collected by source, with emission factors coming from local sources where possible in preferential order of utility, region or country. In buildings where tenancy occupancy cannot be sub-metered, consumption is estimated on percentage occupancy. The same methodology is applied for consumption in common areas (base building services).
- Business car travel: All business travel by vehicles owned or leased by KPMG International or its member firms , including fuel purchased and mileage reimbursements. Where possible, car travel is broken down by type of fuel and size of car and the appropriate conversion factor applied. Where a distinction on the type of vehicle cannot be made, a general Defra factor is applied.
- Air travel: Air travel emissions are determined by applying the Defra emissions factor to flights categorized by flight distance (short-haul: up to 500km, medium-haul: 501-1599km, and long-haul: over 1,600km) and by class of travel. An 'uplift' factor of 9 percent is also applied to all air travel emissions.
- Full time equivalent (FTE) calculations: KPMG International is provided with FTE information by member firm HR departments. A consistent method is used to account for part-time employees on a fractional basis. The Carbon Year figure is calculated via a simple average taken at the beginning and end of the year end Sept 30.
- Other environmental data (waste and water): Several member firms collect and report other environmental data, including paper, waste, water, recycling and employee commuting.
- Assurance: Internal assurance of data is conducted annually by our Global Emissions Collection team. Some member firms obtain additional internal assurance from our Climate Change and Sustainability practice. External assurance has not been attained at the global level, but is currently undertaken by several KPMG member firms.
- Baseline adjustments: Where member firms attain data for prior year reports, we update prior year info to represent the most accurate information.