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Sustainability in operations

As our business is driven mainly by the capabilities and skills of our people, the implications of climate change are limited and indirect. EY believes the biggest contribution we can make to promoting sustainable business is to support our clients and the market in moving toward a more responsible economy.

At EY we are also challenging ourselves to work more sustainably and taking measurable actions to further reduce our carbon footprint and waste stream. Our ecological footprint is due almost entirely to staff mobility (commuting and traveling to client sites) and office energy consumption.

Our flexible Workplace of the Future concept gives our people more choice between working at home or another location and calls for a fresh approach to mobility, for both private and business travel. Against this background, we have developed a concept for integrated, smart, sustainable mobility which rests on three pillars: fewer, more efficient and cleaner journeys.

A mobility portal has been set up to provide all our people with information on all aspects of the mobility policy. It guides staff entitled to a car lease through the mobility package selection process and also gives access to the booking system for the e-share facilities. A number of our clients have shown an interest in our mobility concept. This is yet another challenge for us to help build a better working world.

In the area of office accommodation, we pay particular attention to energy consumption, office certification, video conferencing facilities, new heating and cooling systems and green electricity, in addition to our Workplace of the Future program.

Sustainability criteria are active elements in our procurement policy and a theme in our dialogue with suppliers.

In total, we still reduced our CO2 impact by 25% compared with our 2008/2009 baseline of 25,985 tCO2 to 19,510 tCO2 (see appendix 11), but compared with the previous year there was an increase of 6%. Travel by car and train, next to office energy consumption, drove the growth. The 8% increase in the number of our people compared with 2014/2015 was also an important driver of the rise. Per FTE the emission reduced by 2% to 4.8 tCO2.

Greenhouse Gas Emission
Emission in tCO2 2015/2016   2014/2015
Car travel 11,892   11,647
Air travel 4,197   3,940
Train travel 43   32
Total travel
16,132   15,619
Paper usage 170   169
Waste 392   348
Office energy consumption 2,816   2,321
Total 19,510   18,457
tCO2 per FTE 4.8   4.9

The 245 tCO2 increase (2%) caused by car travel compared with last year was due to the growth of our workforce and consequently of our car fleet by 10%. Carbon emission per car however was 4.5% lower. The carbon emission of flights increased on the previous year by 6.5% due to a 6.7% increase in flight kilometers. CO2 emissions from train travel increased by 34% compared to the previous year. EY employees made more use of their train business cards.

Paper and waste
Paper consumption and waste increased from 585 tCO2 in FY 2014/2015 to 649 tCO2 in FY 2015/2016 (11%). The increase was due mainly to the one-off refurbishment of the office in Amsterdam.

Office energy consumption
The office energy usage shows the largest CO2 reduction (67%) compared with baseline year 2008/2009. This is due to office space reductions and all the sustainability actions mentioned above. The increase compared to FY 2014/2015 (495 tCO2) is disappointing although a technical reason (one-time lower use of certificates) explains a major part of the increase. Nevertheless, we should improve next year.