EY is committed to building a better working world — one that creates sustainable and inclusive economic growth. We recognize that our responsibility to minimize the environmental impact of EY business operations extends to EY people and clients and to the wider communities in which we all live.
What EY can do for you
We believe a better working world must be one that works for all of us. This belief supports our responsibility to drive inclusive growth through responsible business practices, helping to create a world where everyone, everywhere is able to contribute to and share in the benefits of economic growth.
Environmental sustainability is an essential component of inclusive growth. As part of our commitment to environmental sustainability, we are systematically measuring the environmental impact of our own business operations. What we’ve found is nearly all our carbon output comes from two sources — business travel, particularly air travel, and office energy consumption.
We are committed: The EY Global Environmental Statement demonstrates our commitment to our people, and the communities where we live and work, that we will operate in a more responsible manner.
We are measuring and publicly reporting our progress: Working with our own in-house Climate Change and Sustainability Services (CCaSS) practice, we measure our global carbon footprint annually and report our environmental impact via the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) reports our environmental data through the Carbon Disclosure Project. View our latest US FY17 Sustainability Report.
We are taking actionable steps: EY US has entered into a renewable energy virtual power purchase agreement that will underpin the financing and construction of two new large-scale Texas-based wind farms. These wind farms will generate enough zero-carbon electricity to offset the absolute greenhouse gas emissions of our US business, setting us up to be “100% renewable” and “net zero carbon” starting in 2020, while also providing a net savings in energy costs to the business.
This agreement will add carbon-free energy to the grid that is attributable to EY US, helping to power the US with cleaner energy sources. The wind farms are expected to be operational in summer 2020. Learn more here.