As the global population increases, the economic and social challenges associated with this growth intensify. Businesses such as Capgemini have an individual and collective role to play in minimising resource scarcity, threats to biodiversity, pollution and climate change.
Although Capgemini does not manufacture products, we recognise that our business activities impact upon the environment. This is an impact we are committed to minimising.
Our Environment Programme
Continues to improve the environmental impact of our own business operations.
Develops insights that can help clients and business partners achieve their own environmental ambitions.
Fosters debate and collaboration with external stakeholders and industry forums to address wider sustainability issues.
The Programme is governed by the Capgemini UK Sustainability Board. This is comprised of chief executive officers and senior executives of our key business units and meets on a quarterly basis, and is chaired by the UK Chairman.
Our key environmental impacts
Energy use: our consumption of electricity, gas and oil to light, heat and power to our offices and data centres. Around 70% of our electricity usage is linked to the data centres in which we host our clients' IT equipment, such as Merlin, one of the world's most sustainable data centres. Emissions from energy consumption are the largest contributor to our overall carbon footprint.
Business travel: the business travel we undertake, including journeys by road, rail and air and from staying in hotels all consume fossil fuels, contributing to our carbon footprint.
Waste management: from the storage and disposal of office waste, waste from office refits and refurbishments and electrical and electronic waste (typically associated with IT).
Day-to-day environmental management is monitored through our ISO 14001 certified Environmental Management System.
Following the process of identifying and prioritising our impacts, in 2008 the Sustainability Board set a number of intentionally challenging improvement objectives:
To reduce our carbon footprint from non-data centre activities by 20% by 2014 (35% by 2020)
To improve energy efficiency in our data centres by more than 20% by 2014
To reduce our carbon emissions related to travel by more than 30% by 2014
To send zero office waste to landfill by 2014
To implement an ISO 14001 certified Environmental Management System (achieved in June 2009 and recertified in 2012)