One of our first sustainable operations goals, set in 2014, was to achieve carbon-neutral business operations by 2030. Data showed us where to start and keeps us informed about our business-related emissions (2020 figures in parentheses).
Each year, we conduct a commuting survey (1,458 metric tons of carbon-dioxide equivalent), gather data on business travel (239 MT CO2e) and heating (401 MT CO2e), and work with operations staff to capture electricity data (1,147 MT CO2e with renewable energy credits).
Instead, we invested in a Corporate Responsibility department, began designing new offices and major renovations for LEED certification, and established grants for energy-efficiency improvements in our offices. Since air travel is business-critical, for the past seven years, we’ve purchased offsets to compensate for related emissions. We’ve also been a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partner Program for eight years. And in 2020, we used green power for 25 percent of our total U.S. electricity use. We know we’ll reach our goals by 2030, because we’re constantly checking our progress.
2020 Green Offices Update