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A positive pledge

Climate change is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world and will require significant collaborative action. Business has a vital role to play in Ireland's response to climate change and transition to a low carbon society. With this in mind, the first action taken by the Leaders' Group on Sustainability, which was formed by Business in the Community Ireland in 2018, was The Low Carbon Pledge. This saw Deloitte and 46 other companies commit to a 50 per cent reduction in scope one and two emissions by intensity by 2030.

The commitment to this pledge was something that the CEO at the time, Brendan Jennings, was happy to undertake. In fact, Deloitte Ireland has been working to reduce our carbon footprint for many years and welcomed the opportunity to share our experience and progress with our customers, employees and the wider community. Some recent projects undertaken include the upgrade of mechanical and electrical plant machinery in our head office such as pump replacement, more energy efficient calorifiers and the installation of mains filtered boiling & chilled water systems throughout our offices.

These are just a few of the measures we have taken that have culminated in significant progress towards meeting our commitment under the pledge. As of the end of 2018, we have achieved a 25 per cent reduction in scope 1 and 2 emissions per square meter against our baseline year of 2009.

In June 2019, Business in the Community Ireland published a report providing an update on the group's progress with the pledge. The good news is that this stated that the companies are making significant progress towards achieving the target, as the average emissions intensity reductions was 36 per cent in the past year.

Harry Goddard, who succeeded Brendan Jennings as CEO of Deloitte Ireland on 1 June 2019, commented:

"Progress has been made, and we're ambitious to do more to ensure we can sustain our carbon reduction goals."

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