New York, Oct 9 (IANS) Targeting 2025 to achieve net-zero emissions, global professional services company Accenture has announced new industry-leading goals, along with hiring Peter Lacy as Chief Responsibility Officer and Global Sustainability Services Lead.
Accenture said it will make actual reductions in emissions by powering offices with 100 per cent renewable energy, engaging key suppliers to reduce their emissions and equipping people at the company to make climate-smart travel decisions.
By 2025, Accenture will reuse or recycle 100 per cent of e-waste, such as computers and servers, as well all office furniture, and will eliminate single-use plastics in all locations at the conclusion of the Covid-19 pandemic, it said in a statement on Thursday.
“This is the moment for business, government and society to come together to reimagine, rebuild and transform our global economy into one that works for the benefit of all,” said Accenture CEO Julie Sweet.
“Today’s rapid acceleration to digital presents us with a breakthrough opportunity to create a more sustainable future. By scaling these ambitions, we can help make real change and deliver 360-degree value for all.”
To address remaining emissions, the company said it will invest in proprietary, nature-based carbon removal solutions, such as large-scale tree planting, that will directly remove emissions from the atmosphere.
Accenture will also develop plans for their facilities to reduce the impact of flooding, drought and water scarcity in high-risk areas by 2025, and will measure and reduce water use in these locations.
The company has appointed Lacy to oversee the integration of sustainability and responsibility for all stakeholders into its client services as well as Accenture’s operations.
He will work closely with clients and ecosystem partners to help transition industries to low-carbon energy and reduce the carbon footprint of IT, cloud and software, among other tasks.