KPMG announced that it achieved a 22 percent carbon reduction over three years from its 2007 baseline target, reduced paper consumption by 33 percent and emissions from electricity by 16 percent.
Launched in 2008, KPMG created the Living Green program to help reduce waste and the firm’s overall carbon footprint.
The carbon reduction from 2007 to 2010 is based on an analysis from KPMG’s climate change and sustainability practice, which also found that the firm reduced non-recycled waste by 51 percent, air travel by 26 percent and office energy use by 7 percent.
"We are proud of our accomplishments as a firm, as well as our employees' individual efforts to reduce our carbon footprint," said Steve Clemente, KPMG principal and leader of the Living Green program, in a statement. "We will continue to challenge ourselves and continue to develop sustainable business practices."
These practices include new programs like:
• Organizing Living Green teams in local offices to participate in community environmental work
• Recycling laptops, monitors and printers
• Implementing green IT practices like server virtualization
• Eliminating bottled water from the firm’s conference centers
• Increasing use of video conferencing by 95 percent
• Achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification for six offices
"At KPMG, being a responsible corporate citizen is a component of our core values and a key business driver," said Kathy Hannan, KPMG national managing partner of diversity and corporate responsibility, in a statement. "Our Living Green program is a fundamental pillar of the firm's corporate responsibility strategy and vital to our role in ensuring a sustainable future."