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Environmental management

Environmental management

Environment excellence is a key part of being a responsible business.

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Rachel Hopcroft

Head of Corporate Affairs

KPMG in the UK

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We'll be Net Zero by 2030

As we celebrate our 150th year of supporting the UK, our commitment to being a responsible business continues to be core to who we are and what we do.

Since becoming the first professional services firm to publish an environmental policy in 1990, we’ve embraced technological developments and smarter ways of working to deliver significant reductions to our carbon emission levels. Now, 30 years on, we are leading the way by setting ambitious new environmental targets, approved by the Science-Based Targets initiative, helping us to become Net Zero by 2030.

We’ve made bold commitments to:

  • 100 percent renewable energy across our estate.
  • The transition of our company car scheme to electric vehicles.
  • Significant carbon reductions across our supply chain and business travel.

We will invest in credible carbon offsetting schemes once we have reduced our direct emissions to zero.

Meeting our Science-Based Target by 2030 will ensure our carbon footprint is reduced in line with the requirements set out in the Paris Agreement, to limit global warming sufficiently to prevent irreversible and catastrophic climate disruption.

Lessons learned from COVID-19

As COVID-19 is reshaping the way we live and work, we have a unique opportunity to radically alter the way we operate, for good, helping us to build stronger environmental resilience and deliver a green recovery.  

We will continually assess our performance against our targets on what we have learned from the pandemic to, where possible, drive faster progress.

In the lead up to Conference of the Parties (COP26), here are the issues we are focusing on and will be seeking to address:  

  • Analysing emerging working patterns and the implications for business travel, energy consumption and reporting.
  • Increasing collaboration with business and government to help build consensus and a roadmap for a green recovery. 
  • Encouraging ongoing positive environmental behaviours demonstrated during COVID-19 such as reductions in personal car travel and air travel.
  • Doubling down on our commitment by ensuring our suppliers align with our values, to help preserve the natural world and build resilience for the future.

Taking climate action

We have reduced our carbon emissions by over 20 percent since 2010 by:

  • Retrofitting energy efficient technologies in our buildings.
  • Innovating in our buildings to achieve BREEAM excellent standards.
  • Procuring renewable energy
  • Avoiding unnecessary business travel by investing in tele/video conferencing technology.


Download our case study – Operating with the future in mind

Promoting the circular economy

We are reducing our consumption of natural resources in many ways:

  • Reducing and removing single-use plastics
  • Investing in technology to reduce water use 
  • Improving our digital platforms to reduce paper use, such as paperless expenses
  • Introducing composting where possible
  • Recycling specialist waste including carpets, hardware and furniture

 

Download our case study – Supporting the plastics revolution

Engaging and influencing communities

We work with stakeholders and communities around the UK to encourage sustainable business practices;

  • Helping suppliers reduce their emissions through our sustainable procurement programme 
  • Encouraging suppliers to submit their emission data to CDP 
  • Sharing sustainable practices with suppliers and partners 
  • Working with local suppliers, where possible, to reduce emissions 
  • Influencing commercial landlords

 

Download our case study - Greening Our Supply Chain

 

Find out more about our environmental performance here.

Biodiversity

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 manage our own hives and have over 40,000 bees on the roof at our Canary Wharf offices. We are also supporting solitary bees by placing bee hotels across our estate.
 

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