We are 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 financial health, 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 the environmental impacts of our operations, with the greatest focus on reducing our direct and indirect impact on climate change. Many environmental issues – from waste and water management to protecting biodiversity – are integral to a holistic approach to climate change.
ERM has set ambitious science-based targets to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions as part of a unified private sector response to the global risks of climate change. Validated by the Science Based Targets Initiative, this makes us an early adopter among the professional services sector.
ERM has set absolute targets for 2025 to:
- Reduce our GHG emissions from direct emissions (Scope 1) and purchased energy (Scope 2) by 30 percent (compared to 2014). To achieve this target we will take measures including transitioning to renewable energy in our offices.
- Reduce our indirect emissions in our value chain (Scope 3) by 11 percent from a 2018 base year. This ambitious target will be achieved by reducing business travel and emissions from employee commuting.