PwC

PwC works with businesses, Government and the community to help Australia continue to thrive and grow. PwC delivers audit, assurance, consulting and tax services to more than 5,000 clients. We’re part of a network of firms in 158 countries with over 250,000 people. Our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems.

We believe the most important problems are better solved together. PwC is a powerful multiplier of connections and innovation. It’s what we do best - connecting people, businesses, technology and ideas to solve important problems. We have approximately 8000 people based in offices throughout Australia.

“Purchasing offsets creates a cost of carbon, and incorporating carbon into the bottom line can focus attention on emissions and help to accelerate internal reductions.”

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How long have you been certified carbon neutral?

PwC Australia was the first professional services firm to become carbon neutral certified in 2008 and has continued with this commitment ever since.

Why are you carbon neutral?

PwC Australia offsets unavoidable carbon emissions as part of our approach to mitigating the impact of our business on the environment. Maintaining a carbon neutral status is part of PwC Australia’s overall environmental strategy, and it is in line with the global PwC Network’s environment ambition.

The firm achieves carbon neutrality through a focus on reducing its carbon impact and purchasing Climate Active eligible carbon offsets for any residual, unavoidable emissions. The environment ambition, released in 2018, is a global commitment to reduce carbon emissions, switch to renewables for electricity consumption and offset business air travel emissions by 2022 financial year.

The network ambition is about using resources efficiently, which we believe is smart business. In our view, offsets are an important element of a carbon plan that helps to manage the impact of unavoidable emissions or emissions in the short term while longer term reductions are being achieved. Purchasing offsets creates a cost of carbon, and incorporating carbon into the bottom line can focus attention on emissions and help to accelerate internal reductions.

What are the benefits of your carbon neutral certification?

Climate Active certification is important to PwC as it is a government-approved standard that represents a robust carbon neutral claim. Achieving Climate Active certification benefits PwC in multiple ways. For example, it has allowed PwC to take a leadership position by joining other Climate Active certified organisations in the transition towards a low carbon economy. It demonstrates the importance of our environmental strategy within and outside the organisation. Access to the Climate Active trademark and its use communicates a positive environmental narrative. Certification also identifies opportunities to minimise carbon emissions annually, such as through reduced energy bills and increased employee engagement (particularly through the firm’s national Green Team Network).

What offset projects do you support?

In 2018 financial year, PwC proudly supported savanna fire management in Australia’s Cape York, Shanxi Cookstoves in China, and a wind power project in Duzova, Turkey.

Why did you choose these projects?

Underpinning PwC’s voluntary carbon purchase is a set of strict quality criteria, including ensuring offsets are verified by an independent third party to an established standard or protocol. Through carbon purchasing PwC seeks to drive projects with co-benefits, including helping to create renewables markets, support economic and social development in communities, and create and sustain sustainable landscapes. For example renewables market projects help to increase demand for, and supply of, zero emission sources of electricity. Supporting community projects can have co-benefits such as health benefits and economic benefits from lower cost fuel and creation of jobs. Sustainable landscapes projects can have co-benefits such as improving biodiversity and reducing depletion of groundwater.

How can the community support you?

PwC recognises that our greatest ability to drive change comes from our work with clients and communities and through our contributions to research and policy. External organisations and individuals can support us by involving us in environmentally-focused research and policy discussions and projects. We can be proactively engaged on environmental issues that are important to them or through partnering with us on environmental initiatives at a network, firm, office or individual level. Sharing practical ideas and suggestions on how PwC can advance its environmental strategy is another way consumers can support us along with requesting environmental credentials and plans in proposal documents and tenders that we can help with.

What else are you doing to reduce emissions?

Many emissions reduction activities have been undertaken across the firm. For example, promotion of WebEx and internal video conferencing instead of long/short distance travelling to reduce travel emissions. In addition, PwC has redesigned all offices as activity-based environments to reduce office energy usage and re-located five out of eight offices to more energy efficient locations embedding an environmental lens into office designs (e.g. PwC’s Sydney office has received a 6-star rating from Green Star initiative). We’ve also embedded technology to allow our people to work flexibly (e.g. work from home) and reduced local travel. PwC is undertaking further actions to reduce its emissions in FY20. We will source a greater proportion of energy from renewables, update the firm’s environmental impact policy which governs PwC’s processes in areas including procurement and facilities, and we will revamp PwC’s national ‘Green Team’ network to extend environmentally-friendly behaviours in our people.

What has been the impact of your action?

PwC Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions footprint decreased by 21 per cent in FY18. This is mainly due to a decrease in energy consumption linked to the consolidation of PwC Australia’s Sydney and Melbourne offices. Since 2008, PwC Australia has maintained its commitment to be carbon neutral and has voluntarily reported against the Climate Active Carbon Neutral Standard.

What advice would you give to a business considering certification?

PwC found the initial application phase of gaining certification through the Carbon Neutral Program time consuming. However, this time commitment has reduced each year as the reporting process becomes more familiar. Since joining Climate Active, reporting requirements have also become more streamlined, which has delivered efficiencies.

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