Our Carbon Footprint
Measuring our Emissions
We are voluntarily reporting our carbon emissions. We collect data on our business travel, and office energy consumption and now new data traffic and storage.
In 2019, 76% of MCI’s internal carbon emissions were created by the air travel of our staff and office energy usage accounting for 6% of our internal footprint.
Our internal emissions
In 2019, we introduced new processes and tools to calculate our internal emissions, allowing for better tracking and accuracy. We are also now taking into account the impact of ICT operations (data traffic and storage).
Our total greenhouse gas emissions was 17,665,720 kg of CO2 equivalents (kgCO2e) in 2019. The average emission equates to 7,511 kgCO2e per talent.
This represents an increase from 2017, as our offices in US, which are recent acquisitions – are now also included in the calculation. We have reduced the intensity of carbon emissions per talent by more than 13% since 2010. Our goal is to reach 20% by end of 2020.
Emissions From Client Events
We estimated the 2019 carbon footprint of the events we have organised for our clients at 1MM metric tons CO2e. In 2019, we welcomed over 1.6 million delegates to our events. With our client event emissions representing over 99% of our total footprint, they are one of our key material issues.
These Scope 3 Emissions provide one of our key business challenges, as our core services involve bringing people together and transporting people around the world – a major cause of carbon emissions.
To reduce these client-created emissions we need to continually innovate to offer better meeting solution technologies, rethink where we locate events, educate and raise awareness about sustainability within our value chain, and create new services to help our clients. This is driving us to focus energy and resources into developing an industry-leading digitisation strategy.
Our Carbon Measurement Methodology
Our Greenhouse Gas (GHG) measurement processes follow the UK Government’s Defra GHG Reporting guidelines and the WRI Greenhouse Gas Protocol. We report using Carbon Dioxide Equivalents CO2e, which account for carbon emissions and other more potentially damaging greenhouse gases (SF6, CO2, CH4, NO2, HFCs, PFCs). Our emissions factors are obtained from Defra.
Carbon Footprint Mitigation
Over the years, we have taken actions to reduce our carbon emissions by being more efficient and encouraging our offices to green their operations.
In 2017, we pushed our commitment one step further by mitigating our unavoidable emissions. We decided to partner with Cool Earth, a non-profit organisation that works alongside rainforest communities to halt deforestation and its impact on climate change.
Cool Earth was our preferred option as we wanted something real and measurable, with a significant positive impact on our environment. We also like Cool Earth’s approach of putting people first; very much aligned with MCI’s Core Values.