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Environmental metrics for Deloitte

imgDeloitte’s core operations can be reflected by the activities emanating from our headquarters in Johannesburg and other office locations. 

These include the head office campus of buildings located in Woodmead (Woodlands), Johannesburg, and the following Deloitte regional offices: Cape Town; Durban; Pretoria (Brooklyn House and Waterkloof House); and Port Elizabeth. With a focus on the above offices, Green House Gas (GHG) emissions measurements resulting from the following activities have been calculated:

  • Operation of generators
  • Operation of air-conditioning (A/C) units and refrigerators
  • Operation of Deloitte vehicle fleet
  • Consumption of purchased electricity
  • Business travel in rental cars
  • Business travel in commercial airlines
  • Business travel hotel accommodation
  • Commuting of fulltime staff to Deloitte offices
  • Consumption of office paper

Key measurements

Under the year in review Deloitte used the information and metrics of the organisation to measure its carbon footprint. Deloitte carbon footprint is 27,638 tons of CO2e (carbon dioxide or its equivalent),

Scope 1 direct emissions

  • Equipment owned or controlled by Deloitte (e.g. generators, etc.) 3.58 CO2e (METRIC TONNES)
  • Air conditioning and refrigeration gas refills 140.40 CO2e (METRIC TONNES)
  • Vehicle fleet 32.24 CO2e (METRIC TONNES)

Scope 2 indirect emissions

  • Purchased electricity 13 775.02 CO2e (METRIC TONNES)

Scope 3 indirect emissions

  • Business travel in rental cars 247.91 CO2e (METRIC TONNES)
  • Business travel in commercial airlines 5 830.89 CO2e (METRIC TONNES)
  • Business hotel accommodation 109.74 CO2e (METRIC TONNES)
  • Travel claims (use of private vehicles for business purposes) 2 062.40 CO2e (METRIC TONNES)
  • Employee commuting 4 344.57 CO2e (METRIC TONNES)
  • Consumption of office paper 317.23 CO2e (METRIC TONNES)

In terms of where the emissions are coming from, “purchased electricity” is still the main contributor, accounting for almost half of our total emissions figure. We have set targets to reduce our reliance on purchased electricity and have installed energy efficient and light motion sensors in our buildings.

To manage our waste some of our offices have introduced waste recycling bins and initiatives.


The carbon footprint results enabled us to benchmark our activities against those of our peers in the similar industry as ours.

Communications to staff and behavioural change activities:

During the energy crisis that hit South Africa in 2008, Deloitte set up a communications initiative called “PowerWise” that gave clear tips to staff on how to save energy and manage their workload as a result of the load shedding incidents.

Energy Efficient Lighting Exchange programme
Eskom initiated a Corporate Efficient Lighting Exchange programme as part of their National Energy Efficiency Campaign to alleviate electricity supply constraints in the immediate future. Deloitte joined the corporate challenge and allowed our staff to swap their incandescent lamps for the more energy efficient variety. We received a good response from staff.

Deloitte staff learn practical tips on energy saving through ongoing awareness initiatives
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