Our Operational Impact
This year we reduced the carbon footprint from our offices by 19 percent — well exceeding our initial target to reduce the footprint from our offices by seven percent from a 2005 baseline by 2012. We accomplished this entirely by deploying our global Carbon Reduction Framework, which challenges us to design, construct and operate our facilities and technology as efficiently as possible. Recognizing the impact of our data center emissions, in 2012 we went beyond our initial target by reducing the carbon footprint from both our offices and data centers by 10 percent from a 2005 baseline. We achieved this additional reduction with the purchase of a balanced mix of high-quality, credible Gold Standard and Voluntary Carbon Standard offsets that support the growth of renewable energy markets where we operate. We have committed to be carbon neutral across our facilities by 2020.
Our owned and leased LEED-Certified real estate now totals over 5 million square feet, making us one of the world’s largest owners and tenants of LEED-Certified commercial real estate under the new construction and commercial interiors rating systems.
For more information, see our Operational Impact page.