2021 Universal Registration Document
4 CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY
Environmental Responsibility: Carbon-neutral trajectory – Net-zero emissions by 2028
Offsetting unavoided emissions from direct activities Sopra Steria has a policy of investing in carbon capture offset projects under its Climate Neutral Now project, which enabled it to reach its net-zero emissions objective across all its direct activities one year ahead of its target date.
forestry operations on the soil, pollution and ecosystems. The fauna is studied to determine the species present, their composition and distribution. The results of these studies provide information about how the various species interact and fare alongside the forestry activities. That provides a basis for formulating recommendations for forestry management and/or the establishment of conservation areas. INDIRECT ACTIVITIES 3.4.2. Indirect activities include waste management, commuting and homeworking, purchases of goods and services. Reducing resource consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from indirect activities To minimise the resources consumed by its indirect activities and cut the related emissions, Sopra Steria introduced awareness campaigns in 2021 encouraging people to cut down on printing paper documents and extend the life of electrical and electronic equipment (optimised WEEE management). The Group is also pushing ahead with its responsible procurement programme to select suppliers meeting its requirements and committed to treading more lightly on the environment. Step up our contribution to the circular economy p Paper and cardboard To reduce paper and cardboard waste , Sopra Steria optimises printing and runs awareness campaigns to change employee habits. This year, paper and cardboard waste volumes increased by 73.6% on their 2020 level. This rise reflected the higher quality of data, including non-hazardous industrial waste in the United Kingdom. However, paper consumption per employee was cut by 32% between 2017 and 2021. Under a responsible paper procurement programme , the percentage of paper certified as environmentally responsible (FSC 100%, FSC Mix and PEFC) increased by 4% in 2021 compared with 2020 excluding the United Kingdom, which revised its purchasing policy by type of product to favour purchases of certified paper. Furthermore, 99.8% of paper and cardboard waste was recycled in 2021. Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) To extend the useful life of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) , the Group brings in specialist service providers to collect and dispose of them, and to maximise the options for reusing or giving them a second life . In 2021, over 99.5% of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) was reused or recycled to give it a second life. Sopra Steria does not produce any hazardous waste according to the RoHS and REACH definitions. In the course of its business activities, the Group produces WEEE classified as hazardous under Commission Decision 2000/532/EC of 3 May 2000 and Directive 75/442/EEC on waste, and reuses wherever possible such electrical and electronic equipment once it has been retired. In 2021, the portion of hazardous WEEE not given a second life stood at 0.08% of the total amount of WEEE and paper and cardboard waste.
Since 2015, emissions from offices, data centres (fugitive emissions included) and business travel are carbon neutral. In 2020, the Group added the emissions from its offices and data centres to the United Nations’ Climate Neutral Now
programme. These emissions have been offset by afforestation (1) carbon capture projects under the net-zero emissions programme. Sopra Steria has chosen to invest in the Ceibo afforestation project located in eastern Uruguay . The project covers around 22,000 hectares of land, and its objective is convert the grasslands destroyed by a long history of cattle grazing into transformative forestry plantations that will help to restore the land, while improving soil quality through water retention and the delivery of micro-nutrients to the soil, and preventing soil erosion. These well-managed forestry plantations produce long-life timber, while sequestering large quantities of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The GHG emissions sequestered through afforestation under the project are checked by the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and have obtained Compliance Certification Board (CCB) certification. In 2021, Sopra Steria added business travel to the Climate Neutral Now programme and achieved net-zero emissions for all its direct activities one year ahead of its original target date. Working to promote Biodiversity Sopra Steria aims to comply with the six environmental objectives in the EU taxonomy starting from 2021 with the climate change mitigation and adaptation objective. It will then move on in the following years to identifying the eligibility and alignment of its activities with the objectives of sustainable use of protection of aquatic and marine resources, the transition to a circular economy, pollution prevention and control, and the protection and restoration of biodiversity and ecosystems. Some examples of positive contributions to biodiversity: since 2014, we have kept hives at one of our offices in Brussels and since 2017 at an office in Hamburg. We help protect European bee species and local biodiversity dependent on pollinators. In partnership with the Foundation de la Mer, Sopra Banking supported the UN International Biodiversity Day on 22 May 2021. In India, Sopra Steria runs tree planting campaigns and monitors their progress. The Ceibo afforestation and GHG emission capture project presented in section 3.4.1. "Direct activities" (page 129) also underpin the Group’s efforts to promote biodiversity. Environmental and impact studies are conducted on the site by a team of experts. Based on the results achieved, the afforestation plans are managed and tracked to restore the natural systems damaged by previous practices, such as arable and livestock farming, and other activities. Regular monitoring takes place to evaluate the effects of the
Afforestation involves establishment of forests where previously there have been none, or where forests have been missing for a long time. It differs from replanting trees or (1) reforestation, which are undertaken to remediate anthropogenic deforestation.
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