Our Environmental Performance

Improving our environmental performance is an ongoing process and one which continues not only amid the economic turbulence, but also in the context of a Capgemini Group business model which is rapidly becoming more globalised to meet the evolving needs of our clients putting pressure on our commitments around business travel. Examples of this are the expansion of the consulting business into the Middle East, the rapid growth of the Business Processes Outsourcing (BPO) business and delivering more work with our colleagues in Capgemini India through the Rightshore™ model.

A high level summary of Capgemini UK's environmental performance for 2011, along with some performance highlights are shown below. More detailed information is available in our Annual Performance Report.

To measure our environmental performance we collect data from a wide variety of sources such as meter readings, employee expense claims and waste data. Capgemini has teamed with our Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) colleagues and their software partners CA Technologies to support the collection, management and reporting of our environmental data. This service is underpinned by CA Technologies' software which is accredited by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The service is governed internally by detailed standard operating procedures.

Performance highlights

To reduce our carbon footprint for non-datacentre activities by 20% by 2014 (35% by 2020)

Emissions from energy in our managed offices fell 24.8% between 2008 and 2011 through the delivery of a series of energy efficiency projects. These projects range from retrofitting large offices with lower energy lighting, and improved HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) systems, to educating our employees as to the personal contributions they can make through switch off campaigns.

To improve energy efficiency in our data centres by more than 20% by 2014

  • Opened the award winning, innovative, green datacentre Merlin that uses significantly less power and water than traditional datacentres

  • Rolled out a programme of energy efficiency initiatives at all of our data centres, including lessons learned during the design and construction of Merlin.

To reduce carbon related to travel by more than 30% by 2014

  • Created the award winning 'TravelWell' initiative to help employees reduce carbon emissions

  • Investing in new technologies to enable people to meet and collaborate in ways that reduce the need to travel

  • Capped carbon emissions on all company cars

  • Introduced a Liftshare scheme and additional passenger mileage rate

  • Piloted new rail booking initiative that makes rail travel more attractive

To send zero waste to landfill by 2014

  • Introduced 'follow me' printing

  • Implemented double-sided printing as a default setting

  • Phased out disposable cups and stirrers

  • Removed under desk bins and introduced mixed recycling stations

  • Sending waste from some offices to Mechanical and Biological Treatment (MBT) plants to recover additional materials and divert from landfill

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