Environmental responsibility: Innovating all along our value chain
Environmental impact and performance 4.3. This section applies the recommendations of (CDSB REQ-04 & REQ-05/TCFD) (1) .
The environmental policy, presented in the introduction to this section and further developed in the table below, is designed to enable the Group to respond to the risks and develop the opportunities referred to in Section 4.2, “Environmental challenges: opportunities for the Group”, of this chapter (page 123). The scope of performance indicators is set out in Section 1.3, “Overview of reporting scope”, of this chapter (pages 104 to 105). For reference, definitions of Scopes 1, 2 & 3 are given in the diagram below and relate to the Group’s direct activities under its control.
SCOPE 1: DIRECT GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS Fossil fuel consumption at offices Fugitive emissions from offices and on-site data centres
SCOPE 2: INDIRECT GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
Consumption of electricity, steam, heating and cooling services at offices and on-site data centres
SCOPE 3: OTHER INDIRECT GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS Consumption of electricity, steam, heating and cooling services at off-site data centres Business travel
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RESULTS: Energy consumption per employee was reduced by 28.5% between 2016 and 2020. Energy consumption per employee was reduced by 14.9% in 2020 relative to 2019, with a large portion of this reduction (estimated at 84%) due to the consequences of the Covid-19 crisis and the remainder resulting from more environmentally responsible practices. New working arrangements put in place during the health crisis in 2020 will no doubt continue, reducing long-term demand for office space. At the same time, new commercial premises are ever more energy efficient – a trend that is fully taken into account in the Group’s location strategy. Analysis: New sites meet the latest and strictest environmental standards (BREEAM, HQE and LEED); new IT equipment is environmentally certified (Energy Star ® 7.0, EPEAT ® Gold); collaborative IT tools are widely used to limit sending of large e-mails and documents; data centres have efficient cooling systems and low PUE (power usage effectiveness) ratings ( e.g. Oslo Digiplex and Oslo Rata in Norway, rated 1.1 and 1.2 respectively) (REQ-05) (1) .
" # " #) (.() " "( TARGET: Roll out an Environmental Management System (EMS) in key countries to support the Group’s environmental policy. KEY ACHIEVEMENTS: The Group has rolled out the EMS in its key geographies. ISO 14001 certification: 2015 is active in Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Another Italian site was certified in 2020.
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TARGET: Reduce energy consumption per employee; in France, reduce absolute energy consumption at commercial premises by 40% by 2030 (in accordance with the ELAN law (2) .
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CDSB REQ: For more information, see the Glossary on page 308. (1) ELAN: Decree 2019-771 of 23 July 2019 reforming housing, planning and digital technology. (2)