ERM is acutely aware of our responsibility to reduce our environmental footprint through the effective management of our offices and assets, business activities and client project work.
Environment is a key focus area within the UN Global Compact and, as a signatory, we strive to embrace its core values and promote these values within our sphere of influence. We support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges, and we undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility and encourage the development of environmentally responsible technologies and products.
ERM’s Executive Management has primary responsibility for our environmental performance. A Senior Leadership Team Working Group has been established with senior operational and technical leaders from across the business to provide oversight and guidance on the implementation plan to meet our public commitment to Science Based Targets.
As a leading sustainability consultancy, climate-related risk is not just an environmental issue, but also one that has a direct impact on ERM’s business, reputation as well as our ability to retain and attract talent. Our most significant contribution in helping to combat climate change is through our work with clients, in some of the most energy-intensive industries, as they transition to a lower-carbon future.
We continue to take steps toward reducing our direct and indirect impact on climate change. We have committed to net-zero across our operations by 2025 and will strengthen our Science Based Targets to align to a 1.5 degree Celsius target. Many environmental issues – from waste and water management to protecting biodiversity and livelihoods – are integral to a holistic approach to climate change.
ERM was one of the first professional services companies to set a target approved by the Science Based Target Initiative in 2019. Given the important role that business has to play in achieving the goal of the Paris Agreement, we are continuing to take a leadership position in this effort – and are encouraging our clients and peers to do the same.
For the past decade, our company has set greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets and reported on its GHG emissions. Over this time, the focus has been on abating scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions across operations and through engaging employees to identify and deliver GHG emission reduction activities across 150 offices in more than 40 countries.
ERM has committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions across our operations by 2025. With this ambitious target, ERM addressed its direct and indirect emissions (known as Scope 1 and 2) by moving to 100% renewable energy across the global portfolio of its offices in FY21 and further reducing emissions across its vehicle fleet.
Scope 3 emissions will be addressed primarily through a focus on reducing business travel. For FY22, organizational travel budgets have been reduced by 50% and a new travel policy is being implemented. Emissions from employee commuting will be addressed through reviewing office locations and rolling out incentive schemes to encourage lower carbon commuting options.
- Scope 1: 100% renewable energy in ERM offices as of FY21
- Scope 2: 50% vehicle fleet converted to electric or hybrid by 2025
- Scope 3: Substantially reduce business travel beginning FY22