Our planet

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Our planet

How we're driving real, sustainable environmental change.

In 1990 we became the first professional services firm to publish an environmental policy, since then we have challenged ourselves and our suppliers to be better, to materially reduce our office footprint and energy consumption, and lead the way in achieving our plan to be Net Zero by 2030. Our new environmental strategy builds on the steps we've already taken and sets ambitious, science-based targets that challenge us to go even further in reducing our impact on the planet. This is our commitment to our future talent and generations to come. But we know we can't do it alone, and we're working closely with our people and our suppliers so they can do the same.

Tim Jones / Chief Operating Officer, KPMG in the UK

Our commitments

We'll be Net Zero by 2030. We will achieve this by:
Using 100% renewable electricity across our estate by 2024.
Switching to renewable gas across our estate by 2030.
Engaging 100+ suppliers to make significant carbon reductions across our supply chain through our Sustainable Procurement Programme.
Making significant carbon reductions on our business travel through our ambitious 'greening' travel strategy.
Become a zero-waste business – eliminating all avoidable waste from our operations – by 2030.

Improving our environmental performance

Strong governance and transparent reporting are key to improving our environmental performance. We are committed to meeting and exceeding our reporting requirements and believe that by being open about where we are, we can lead material change.

As a firm, we are certified to the international standards for Environmental Management (ISO14001) and Energy Management (ISO50001). Both of which create a framework to help us embed environment and energy into our operations and ensure continual improvement. We have also been awarded a Platinum EcoVadis medal (2022) for our integrated sustainability principles and management system, which places our firm among the top one percent of companies assessed.

To demonstrate our environmental credentials to our clients, alongside thousands of investor cities, companies and regions, we submit annual disclosures to the Climate Disclosure Project. In 2020, we were awarded an A- rating for our disclosure and were recognised as a CDP Supplier Engagement Leader too. This global climate change disclosure helps us to remain abreast of regulatory and policy changes, recognise and manage risks and identify new opportunities for improvement. In addition, we report against the Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) requirements, which includes information on our emissions, our annual energy consumption and our energy efficiency projects.

Another key element of our plan to improve our environmental performance is by setting bold targets, approved by the Science-Based Targets initiative, that put us on course to becoming Net Zero by 2030.

We are also supporting the UK government to reduce UK carbon emissions to Net Zero by 2050 as part of our Carbon Reduction Plan, which can be found in our report hub.