Environmental stewardship


At PwC we respect the environment and are committed to understanding and reducing our impacts. 

Our approach to environmental management is influenced by our environmental guiding principles. Our focus in recent years has been to grow internal awareness and promote environmentally responsible behaviours as well as tracking and managing our GHG emissions. 

As we continue to enhance our programme, we are evaluating new ways to address the environmental concerns raised by our stakeholders, including how to minimise our waste and enhancing our energy management. 

By 2020 our ambitions are:

  • 30% reduction in carbon emissions per capita from FY11 baseline.
  • To implement real-estate sustainability guidance across our operations in China and Hong Kong. As of 30 June 2018 this represents 1.8 million square feet of real estate and roughly 40 buildings.

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Log off, restart, recycle – PwC’s electronic waste programme

Nearly all of PwC’s 17,680 employees require a laptop to do their daily work. Find out how our electronic waste programme helps us responsibly manage our electronic waste.

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Carbon management – reducing our absolute carbon impact

Learn more about our carbon emission improvements, and the carbon reduction projects supported to offset our air travel emissions.

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Energy management - decoupling business growth from electricity consumption

Find out more about the initiatives we are implementing in our operations across China and Hong Kong to reduce our energy consumption.

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Environmental awareness - facilitating meaningful interactions

A large part of our environmental stewardship programme involves engaging our employees, raising awareness and inspiring positive environmental action. Find out more about our projects and campaigns.

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Our global commitment

While driving efficiency to reduce our absolute carbon impact, we commit to offsetting air travel emissions from FY19 and to sourcing 100% renewables for our electricity consumption and offsetting residual energy use by FY22.

Our commitment was signed off by our 21 Strategy Council territories (representing over 88% of FY18 network revenue) in early 2018.  

Avoiding or reducing emissions associated with our energy use is the starting point for our environmental strategy.

The majority of our scope 1 and 2 emissions come from the energy we use in our buildings (and data centres). Many of our territories have already achieved significant reductions, such as PwC UK who have reduced these emissions by 85% between 2007 and 2017. 

Our greatest opportunity for improvement often comes when we make office moves or refurbishments. Many of our buildings are now certified to environmental standards as a result of our leasing or building requirements. 54% of our PwC US office space is ‘LEED certified’.

We are also seeing strong action by our territories that operate car fleets. For exampe, PwC Netherlands have committed to a fully electric car fleet by 2025.

For the energy we do consume, our commitment is to go 100% renewable. We plan to do this by transitioning our largest firms to renewable energy by FY22, with a slightly longer ramp-up for some of our smaller territories and/or markets.

While territories are taking steps to reduce emissions from air travel, we are taking action to mitigate our impacts. Read more about our approach to offsetting our FY19 unavoidable emissions.

Contact us

Callum Douglas

Director, PwC China

Tel: +[86] (10) 6533 5772

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