Our Environmental Impact and Objectives

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).


Environmental management

Day-to-day environmental management is monitored through our ISO 14001 certified Environmental Management System. 


At the beginning of December 2016, the Sustainability Board of Capgemini UK announced our approved science-based target, making us the first IT services and consulting company to have our target approved by the Science Based Target initiative.*

The new target is:

  • To reduce the carbon footprint per employee by 20% by 2020 and by 40% by 2030 (compared to 2014)

Additional targets to help drive our ambitious resource efficiency programme, will be announced in the new year.

Our current targets, set in 2014 are:

  • To reduce our overall carbon footprint (excluding data centres) by 10% by 2017 (compared to 2014)
  • To reduce office energy consumption by 20% by 2017(compared to 2014)
  • To improve data centre energy efficiency by 25% by 2017 (compared to 2014)
  • To reduce our business travel emissions by 10% by 2017 (compared to 2014)

How are we doing? To find out, read our latest Sustainability Report

*The Science Based Targets initiative, a partnership between CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project), WRI (World Resources Institute), WWF (The World Wild Fund for Nature) and the UN Global Compact. The Science Based Targets initiative works with companies to set ambitious emission reduction targets consistent with the global effort of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change to keep temperatures below the 2oC threshold. This was negotiated and adopted by consensus at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21)
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