ISG achieves CDP climate performance score of A-
ISG has achieved a CDP climate performance score of A-, putting it in joint first place as an environmental leader in the industry.
Carbon Credentials assesses companies in accordance with the ISO 14064 process for quantifying, monitoring, reporting, and verifying carbon emissions.
ISG set a baseline year between 2014 and 2015, and has since achieved a 9.8 percent reduction in emissions. Emissions intensity has also been lowered by 12.09 percent compared to the 2014-2015.
A reduction in carbon emissions has been enabled by the company’s fleet and vehicle movement strategy, which has reduced the number of vehicles owned by ISG, replacing them by leasing out fuel-efficient vehicles. Travel to meetings has also been cut due to the improvement of the business’s improved video confererencing capabilities.
Richard Hubbard, ISG’s Chief Marketing Officer, said: “While we have been monitoring our emissions as part of our CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme compliance obligations for several years, we’ve now started to report on more indirect ‘Scope 3’ emissions. This has improved our transparency and enabled us to understand our value chain emissions more clearly so we can track performance, support policy making and set targets more effectively.
“Construction is perceived as an emissions heavy sector, but ISG’s achievement in achieving an A- CDP rating, just a year after we established our baseline, proves that we can all play our part in becoming a smarter and more efficient industry.
“We’re delighted with how far we’ve come and proud to be leading the sector. Our score has inspired and challenged us to see what is possible next time and with verifiable figures to demonstrate the potential carbon savings, we’re looking forward to building on this success in 2017.”
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