2020 Belgian Sustainability Report
Climate change is everyone’s business
Sustainability has long been high on the agenda of our Belgian firm. We want to take the leading role towards a greener Belgium, even if it is now an expected, standard operating procedure for companies.
The first phase in mobilising Deloitte Belgium’s vision focuses on two defined areas: reducing CO2 emissions and becoming a greener organisation.
In 2017, Deloitte Belgium set an ambitious target to cut the 25% of the firm’s CO2 emissions by 2021. We recognise that real change takes time, and while we have made great strides across our firm, there is still more to do.
A phased approach
We are continuously, learning, adapting and re-evaluating our efforts to meet new targets for 2023 and 2030. This is a marathon, not a sprint. As long as we are moving forward, we know we are on the right track.
After identifying our carbon footprint hotspots, the focus landed on three elements that could make the greatest short-term impact, namely mobility (fleet), travel and infrastructure (buildings).
Facet 1: Reducing CO2 emissions by 2021 by 25% within our mobility, travel, and infrastructure
When designing our Mobility@Deloitte plan, we looked at the current mobility situation both in Belgium and at Deloitte specifically. We consulted with internal and external industry experts about the future of mobility and the legislation currently under consideration by national and EU governments.
“Over the past several years, our firm has taken bold action to be one step ahead with an adaptable mobility programme designed to adhere to future regulatory changes and technological advances.”
Our firm operates at an international level, so situations can arise where our people may need to travel abroad for work-related purposes, which also has a detrimental impact on the planet.
With our people based all across the country, our firm has several office locations in Belgium to offer a dedicated space for meetings and the resources necessary for them to complete their work.
In a response to these unique factors, it was a logical choice to primarily focus on reducing the fleet’s emissions, limiting travel, and switching buildings to renewable energy.