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How EY is driving a more environmentally sustainable future

Our world faces a host of economic, social and environmental challenges. Environmental sustainability stands out as one of the most important tests of our generation. 

EY’s purpose of building a better working world inspires us to strive for long-term sustainable growth – including minimising our impact on the environment. We are committed to doing the right thing – to collaborate, innovate and accelerate towards a more sustainable, low-carbon future. And we’re proud to have achieved a number of environmental standards along the way. 

We recognise, however, that we can – and must – do more

As the need for action becomes ever more pressing, EY is rising to the challenge and helping others to do the same. We are taking action across our operations to address key environmental challenges and have set bold targets to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. 

Our carbon ambition - net zero by 2025

Climate change is one of the defining issues of our time – and we must all step up our response. 

The seriousness and scale of the risks it poses highlight the need to accelerate change and limit global temperature increases in line with the 2015 Paris Agreement

EY achieved carbon neutrality in 2020 and became carbon negative in October 2021, but we believe we have a responsibility to go even further, faster.

We have set out plans to reduce total emissions by 40% – consistent with a science-based target – and achieve net zero in 2025. Our ambition reflects the changing expectations of EY stakeholders – especially our own people – to build a better working world and creating long-term value. 

Find out more about our plans to become net zero by 2025.

Investing in the power of renewables

We’ve been procuring renewable electricity for our UK offices since 2007, and in 2019 we switched from natural gas to renewable biogas. 

Our carbon ambition drives us to look for new opportunities to create long-term sustainable value for our communities and planet. In December 2020, EY announced a 10-year zero carbon Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) in the UK.

This long-term commitment significantly contributes to the creation of a new solar power station project based in Norfolk being realised and commercially viable, by providing certainty of revenue at a fixed price for 10 years. 

The renewable energy delivered by the utility scale solar power station will mean that 100% of the UK electricity purchased by EY direct from energy providers will be zero-carbon. And it will contribute to the decarbonisation of the electricity generation sector, by adding more renewable electricity to the grid than we consume.

We’re reducing single-use plastics

The scale and severity of the impact of plastics pollution on marine environments, wildlife and ultimately human health is undeniable.

In recent years a global call to action has been received from international organisations, governments – and our own people. So, we’ve adopted an ambitious programme to radically reduce single-use plastics consumption in our UK offices.

Discover how we're responding by reading our plastics reduction strategy.

Working in partnership with our suppliers

We recognise that it’s not just our own direct environmental impacts which we can influence. It’s also important for us to work closely with our supply partners to minimise the footprint of our entire supply chain.

We aim to engage and collaborate with environmentally responsible companies that drive innovation, and continually look for ways to reduce the impact of the goods and services we buy.

Our carbon ambition provides the focus for aligning our suppliers’ values with our own environmental targets, and we are committed to employing best practice in supply chain evaluation and monitoring.

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Engaging our people​

​Our people are building a better working world through working with all our stakeholders – from clients to wider communities. We understand the value they create by using their knowledge, skills and experience to fulfil our purpose and create positive long-term sustainable change. 

Engaging and empowering our people to create that change is integral to our success.

Our employee network of Eco-Innovators is a firm-wide community of colleagues who are passionate and committed to embedding environmental sustainability into every aspect of our lives, using smart thinking and smart technology to solve environmental problems.

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Services we offer​

We’re also providing our clients with knowledge-based services in optimising market opportunities as we shift towards a resource-efficient and net-zero economy. ​

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