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 (see below), allowing for better tracking and accuracy.
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.
Our goal was to reduce our office operations’ carbon emissions (scope 2) by 20% by 2020. We are pleased to report that we have exceeded that target.
However, our total carbon footprint (including scope 3) has increased in 2019, with more business travel to manage client events. In addition, as our ways of working are moving towards more digital solutions, we decided now new to measure the impact of our ICT operations (data traffic and storage).
Being able to assess the impact of the ICT that we use will help us implement good practices to reduce our digital carbon footprint.
Emissions From Client Events
Events are an integral part of human life: we gather to connect, to celebrate achievements or to share ideas. Similarly to any other human activity, events entail a significant climate footprint.
The average conference produces 1.89 kilograms of waste per day for each attendee, as well as 176.67 kilograms of CO2 emissions per person, according to Meet Green. Over three days, a large corporate event could contribute around 3,480 kilograms of waste to landfill. A third of what is disposed of during an event is recyclable, and delegate travel accounts for almost 90 per cent of its carbon emissions.
To reduce these client-created emissions, we need to continue to innovate and offer better meeting solution technologies, rethink where we locate events, raise awareness about sustainability within our value chain, and create new services to help our clients. Read more here.
Our Carbon Measurement Methodology
Our Greenhouse Gas (GHG) measurement process follows the “Bilan Carbone” methodology and uses the emission factors data from Base Carbone® . These methodology and public database are administered by ADEME (French Agency for the Ecological Transition). This methodological guide is based partly on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol document and the principles of the ISO 14064-2 standard.
We report using Carbon Dioxide Equivalents CO2e, which account for carbon emissions and other more potentially damaging greenhouse gases (SF6, CO2, CH4, N2O).
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.