Global population growth, combined with increasing levels of consumption is placing significant pressures on our planet’s natural resources and ecosystems. Human induced climate change has become one of the critical issues for this generation with the impacts of climate change being increasingly felt by communities around the world.
We believe that Capgemini has a critical role to play in the transition towards a low carbon economy by employing our expertise in technology to enable our clients to become more efficient and resilient.
The reasons why we have developed our Positive Planet programme:
For the Environment
Predictions by the United Nations suggest that by 2050 the global population will reach 9.7 billion. This will place an enormous strain on the planet’s natural resources and ecosystems, particularly if we continue at today’s resource consumption levels.
Fossil fuel usage and climate change is a particular challenge with the impacts of climate change being felt in many ways around the world, from droughts and water shortages to flooding and extreme weather events. A report by the UK Government Foresight Programme suggest, that by 2080 annual economic damage from flooding could increase from £1 billion a year to between £15-21 billion.
We believe that Capgemini has a significant role to play in helping our clients to become more resilient to the impacts of climate change, whilst also assisting in the transition towards a low carbon economy.
In 2015, at COP21, world leaders agreed that we must keep global temperature rise this century well below 2oC and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5oC above pre-industrial levels. Failure to do so is considered to be likely to result in irreversible and catastrophic impacts for our planet.
To demonstrate our commitment to avoiding the two degrees warming scenario, in 2014 we signed the Trillion Tonne Communique organised by the Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG). The communique is a call from business for an urgent and effective response to climate change, by limiting the carbon emitted from manmade sources to less than one trillion tonnes. Furthermore, in November 2016, Capgemini UK became the first IT consulting and services company to publish an approved Science Based Target. This places us amongst a small group of pioneering companies that have had our carbon commitments validated by the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTI), as being consistent with the level of action needed to limit global temperature increases to well below the 2oC threshold in line with the consensus agreed at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris, 2015.
For our Operations
To meet the needs of today, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs, we need to use the planet’s resources in a more sustainable way and find more efficient ways of operating.
For Capgemini, this means running our business operations in a way which takes into account the long term sustainability of our organisation and planet. We seek to achieve this in many ways from closely monitoring our key impact areas (energy use, business travel and waste management) whilst also providing thought leadership on how technology can enable the transition to a more sustainable low carbon economy.
For our Clients
Research by Gartner in 2007 estimated that globally ICT accounted for approximately 2% of global carbon dioxide emissions, a figure comparable to the aviation industry. Building on this, research by the Global e-sustainability initiative (GeSI) suggests that if utilised effectively, ICT could enable a 20% reduction  of global CO2e emissions by 2030.
As a technology, consulting and outsourcing company, we are committed to delivering our client services in a responsible way, which takes into account the long term sustainability and resilience of our planet. Through our client services we aim to help our clients meet their sustainability challenges and build a more positive planet for all.
In 2015 we joined the Net Positive coalition, setting an initial target to save three times more carbon through our ecosystem (clients, suppliers and people) than we emit through our own operations. This commitment will ensure we remain at the forefront in how technology can drive the transition to a low carbon economy.
James Robey Global Head of Corporate Sustainability says,
There are three key drivers for our sustainability programme. Firstly resources are finite and demand is increasing, meaning we need to find more sustainable alternatives. Secondly, improving our own efficiency generates innovative thinking in the business, bringing operational improvements as well as cost savings – delivering value for our shareholders and clients. Thirdly, there is both an obligation and an opportunity in working with our clients to build innovative and sustainable technology solutions to their business challenges”
Other drivers for Capgemini include: