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KPMG cut carbon emissions by 22 percent over past three years

Extensive paper consumption reduction and waste management progress highlight the professional services firm's 2010 progress report.
Written by Heather Clancy, Contributor on

Last week, I wrote about the influential group of companies cropping in the sustainability assurance field -- the third parties that verify you really meant to say what you say in your corporate sustainability report ("Hey sustainability exec, are you sure you meant to say that?") One of the top companies included in a recent analysis of the category, KPMG, has just released its own status report about its "Living Green" initiative.

The management consulting and professional services firm reported that it achieved a 22 percent cut in carbon from 2007 to 2010. It also more than handily surpassed its paper consumption and waste management goals.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • KPMG slashed paper usage by 33 percent over the period, double its 15 percent goal
  • Emissions from electricity declined 16 percent; overall, office energy usage was reduced by 7 percent between 2007 and 2010
  • The amount of non-recycled waste the company produces was cut by 51 percent
  • The company increased its use of videoconferencing technologies by 95 percent, which contributed to a decrease of 26 percent in air travel during the period
  • Moving toward its goal of using Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications to guide all new construction, KPMG earned LEED rating for its offices in Nashville, San Diego, Boston, Charlotte, Orange County, Calif., and Greenville, S.C.

KPMG doesn't say much in its report about where it will go from here, but it's is reasonable to expect that it will do so soon, especially if it expects to participate seriously in the business of providing sustainability strategy and assurance services.

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