As a leading global provider of environmental consulting services, 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.
ERM’s Executive Committee has primary responsibility for our environmental performance. ERM’s Global Sustainability Policy and our Sustainability Approach guide our environmental roadmap.
We recognize the benefits of setting greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets in line with climate science. We have been looking at industry-based methods and approaches for setting medium- and long-term carbon targets that are appropriate for our business and growth ambitions. We concluded that targets based on science that specify how much and how quickly we need to reduce our GHG emissions to support the Paris Agreement are the most appropriate. In FY18, we proposed 1-year and 5-year GHG targets based on science. We will be submitting our 2025 and 2050 targets to the Science Based Targets Initiative for validation in early FY19.
The services we offer clients provide many opportunities to help reduce environmental impacts and drive innovation throughout the world. Our projects relate directly to critical issues, such as climate change, waste management, natural capital, resource efficiency (water, land use and natural resources) and biodiversity – each of which is identified within the Sustainable Development Goals. ERM also provides both strategic and technical advice to clients on understanding, managing and measuring product sustainability and life cycle impacts.
Learn more in our Sustainability Report 2018