2020 Belgian Sustainability Report
In 2017, Deloitte Belgium embarked on its sustainability journey setting ambitious KPIs around three key impact areas: Mobility, Travel and Infrastructure. By addressing the areas of business that cause the highest CO2 emissions, we aim to achieve net-zero emissions by 2030. Furthermore, we are taking tangible steps to make meaningful change and realise our role as a sustainability pioneer.
To date, Deloitte Belgium has succeeded in cutting CO2 emissions by one third in a period of three years. The milestone achievement was the result of diverse initiatives in our impact areas, largely mobility. The drop in CO2 emissions even exceeds the targets we had set for ourselves of a 25% reduction in CO2 and 10% reduction in car use by 2021 (despite the fact that employee and company car numbers continue to rise). This strong start puts the organisation on a clear roadmap towards carbon neutrality in 2030. Programmes to achieve this goal include a 100% electric car fleet by 2030 and a 65% reduction in CO2 emissions per square metre in Deloitte’s buildings by 2030.
Deloitte Belgium CO2 emissions*
Our key sustainability achievements (benchmarked to 2017) include:
- An overall reduction of CO2 emissions by 33% in three years (23% when simulating a normal behaviour during Covid-19 months).
- Car mileage by Deloitte employees down by 33% (17.2% when simulating a normal behaviour during Covid-19 months).
- Electric and hybrid cars make up 8.3%* of Deloitte’s car fleet, and we intend on having a fully electric fleet by 2030. As from 2026, every new ordered car will be an electric one.
- 41% less air miles flown by Deloitte employees (31% when simulating a normal behaviour during Covid-19 months).
- Printed paper use at Deloitte down by more than 80%.
*In August 2020, we added 100 MINI electrics to our fleet, increasing the number of EV/hybrid cars from 4,4% at the closure of the fiscal year 2020 to 8,3% today.
Below we share how we are minimising our environmental burden in each of our three impact areas.
Reduce congestion and our footprint
Since our fleet made up almost 70% of our carbon footprint, mobility was the biggest opportunity for reducing CO2 emissions. If Deloitte had 10% fewer cars on the road, it would have tremendous impact on traffic and congestion. In 2020, the organisation made a significant leap forward achieving a reduction of 30% in CO2 emissions by company cars. Most impressively, we’ve reduced car mileage by 33%, more than three times our target. In 2023, we want to further reduce the car mileage by 50%.
Even when simulating normal behaviour during Covid-19 months, average employee mileage decreased from 24,116 km to 19,977 km (almost 6.9 million kilometres less), a 17.2% decrease compared to 2017. This led to a reduction of 274,000 litres in petrol consumption compared to last year, representing a 989-tonne CO2 reduction, equivalent to 38,000 trees.
Offer flexible, multimodal mobility packages to encourage biking and public transport.
Ever since Mobility@Deloitte was launched in June 2018, 51% of its employees have opted for a change towards more sustainable mobility. Currently, 51% of our people have a public transportation subscription. We aim to have the percentage of people using public transport on a regular base, rise to 60% in 2023 and 100% by 2030. As part of our sustainability considerations, we envision a 20% increase in kilometres by those who come to work by bike in 2023 and a 35% growth by 2030.
Travel less, rethink short-haul trips
Within our new travel policy, Deloitte has made a huge dent in its carbon footprint, far exceeding its target of a 25% reduction in air travel by 2021. So far, in 2020, the firm has achieved a reduction of kilometres per traveller of 41% (including lockdown) and 31% (simulating normal travel behaviour during Covid-19 months). Looking further into the future, our aim is to reduce the number of kilometres flown per traveller by 55% by 2023 and 60% by 2030, and to have 80% of all business trips to cities in neighbouring countries, within a 500km radius, made by train by 2023, and 100% by 2030.
Move to more renewable real estate
Beyond greener mobility, Deloitte is investing in a low-carbon future on its way to becoming a greener firm. Downsizing from four buildings to one central location near Brussels Airport in 2017 means that the CO2 consumption of the new premises is 40% lower than the combined total. In the future, the firm aims to produce 40% by 2023 of its own renewable energy compared to its total consumption and 100% by 2030.
Transition to a cleaner enterprise through waste reduction and green initiatives
Sustainability to Deloitte is more than just CO2 reduction or offsetting. Employing a digital-first mindset around all aspects of its business, Deloitte is taking steps to reduce its waste production. From 2017 to 2020, it has cut its printed paper consumption by an impressive 82%, far exceeding its FY21 target of 50%, and is well on its way to achieving its FY30 target of 95%.
Deloitte Belgium has obtained the EcoVadis “Gold” rating certification, which provides holistic sustainability ratings. In June 2018, Deloitte Belgium received the BREEAM “Very Good” certificate for its Gateway building. For each of its new buildings, it intends to reach a “Very Good” level by 2023 and we aim to keep this standard into 2030.