Just as we expect our customers to uphold high environmental standards, we have a responsibility to take meaningful action to address the impacts of our own operations.
Our main environmental impacts relate to paper usage, energy and water consumption, and business travel. We have worked steadily over the past several years to improve performance in each of these areas and reduce our overall operational footprint. We track performance and report results on our website, using the same methodologies as our customers.
EDC’s carbon footprint decreased from 3.36 tonnes of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) per full-time employee in 2014 to 2.8 tCO2e in 2015, reaching its lowest level since we started calculating our footprint in 2008
Detailed performance data for both 2014 and 2015 is available on our website. The only increases in 2015 were in water consumption and waste generated on an aggregate basis, although both were lower on a per employee basis.
Improvements were the result of ongoing efforts to educate employees, as well as our increased use of technology to reduce printing and improve energy efficiency.
In 2015, we conducted a waste audit to help us better understand our waste streams and how to effectively manage or recycle waste.
Where We’re Going
In 2016, we’ll focus on food waste diversion (sending waste to compost rather than landfill), by bringing in outside expertise to help simplify our waste receptacle system, making it more convenient, intuitive and informative.