Capping emissions

Capgemini’s Matt Bradley tells Paul Suff about the company’s carbon ambitions

Capgemini UK set new environmental objectives last year after meeting a previous target to reduce its carbon footprint for non-datacentre activities two years early. A key commitment was for the professional services company to become ‘net positive’ and cut three times more carbon from clients, suppliers and staff than it generates from its operations.

In 2015, Capgemini UK shaved a further 11% off its emissions, which chief financial officer and executive sponsor for the firm’s environment initiatives, Tony Deans, said brought it closer to its net positive aspiration. Now the French-owned business has gone further still, announcing a new programme of 2030 objectives across the range of sustainability issues.

Matt Bradley, group environment lead, claims the new programme is something that no other business has attempted. ‘Capgemini wants to be different and needs to be “out there” in its thinking. Our mantra is to be the best we can. We are always trying to be 18 months ahead of the game. Some people think what we talk about is crazy.’

2030 targets

To reduce the carbon footprint per employee by 20% by 2020 and by 40% by 2030 (compared with 2014)To reduce business travel emissions by 25% by 2020 and 50% by 2030 (compared with 2014) To ...

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