Through its commitment to SBTi, Guidehouse joins other leading companies that agree to set emissions reduction targets in line with climate science. We were instrumental in developing the Sectoral Decarbonization Approach (SDA) for the Science Based Targets initiative and serve as a member of the Technical Advisory Group led by the Science Based Target initiative. Guidehouse has also joined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and has committed to purchasing 100% renewable energy for its offices around the world.
We are actively working with our clients, governments, and other entities in promoting solutions towards long-term environmental sustainability. Our energy consultants collaborate with utilities and energy companies, investors and large corporations, and governments and NGOs to help them thrive in the rapidly changing energy environment and on the journey to a decarbonized society.
We engage employees across the company to help drive our local sustainability efforts. Our active internal Sustainability Team, comprised of experts in the field of sustainability, partners with employees across the company to build green practices into the culture of Guidehouse. At an office level, Green Teams work closely with the Sustainability Team, office operations, and corporate leadership to drive individual and collective changes that make a measurable impact on the environment and make Guidehouse a more sustainable company.
Our abatement efforts are currently focused on three categories:
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At Guidehouse, we believe that a sustainability strategy not only supports the transition towards a sustainable, low carbon society -- it also has strategic importance and the potential to lead to a more valuable and attractive company. That’s why Guidehouse has committed to Science Based Targets and assesses and reduces its energy and emissions footprint by selecting efficient office spaces, promoting the use of public transportation, and strengthening our procurement practices to include a focus on sustainability, i.e., green procurement.
We are committed to a 100% renewable energy goal and to that end, we purchase renewable energy (RECs, GoOs, i-RECs) to offset 100% of the impact of our global electricity use (scope 2 emissions). On top of purchasing renewable energy we will reduce the energy use by implementing energy efficiency measures (scope 1 emissions).
A big part of our scope 3 emissions relates to business travel and accommodations for our consultants globally. We promote teleconferences and public transport to reduce the climate impact associated with business travel. We also purchase high quality certified carbon offsets (Gold Standard) to offset business travel in some instances. We aspire to set a target to cut or offset emissions from our use of commercial air flights. In addition, Green Teams promote climate reduction activities in our major offices.
Guidehouse’s carbon footprint has been developed in line with the requirements provided in the relevant standards of the GHG Protocol; namely, the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard and the GHG Protocol Corporate Value Chain Accounting and Reporting Standard. In estimating our GHG footprint, we have included all offices, business travel and purchased goods in our assessment of environmental emissions, energy, water-use, and waste.
*The GHG emissions relating to energy use offices, commuting and business travel are based on 2016 data. Other categories are based on 2017 data. This year we will update our CF based on 2018 data.
Guidehouse conducted a water risk assessment using the World Resource Institute (WRI) Aqueduct tool to make a high-level risk assessment of all our offices. An office was considered water-stressed if it was in a location categorized as high risk in the overall current water risk assessment of the Aqueduct tool. Guidehouse is using this assessment to apply water reduction measures in our offices with special attention to those offices in water stressed areas as noted below, such as low-flow toilets and water saving measures relating to kitchen devices.
* Dubai and San Francisco offices were added to the list based on inhouse knowledge on the offices and potential negative impacts that can exist at the location.
Reducing waste is important to Guidehouse and to our employees. The company has Green Teams across our offices which are implementing waste reducing measures on a local level. Measures currently implemented include: