Sustainability Strategy in Action

The data-informed goals we have set are rooted in science and align with mitigation pathways recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). We are also emboldened by the ambition of our parent, ENGIE, to become the leader in the energy and climate transition by setting wide-reaching goals in a way that reconciles economic, social and environmental performance. However, setting goals is just the first step. Transformation requires immediate action, so we have set short timelines to achieve these goals. In our transformation, we will shape new markets, leverage our own sustainability experts and capabilities, and engage an ecosystem of stakeholders to drive the greatest impact across our employees, communities, suppliers and clients.

ENGIE Impact's Sustainability Goals

Latest progress updated December 2020

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Carbon Negative

We will be carbon negative by the end of 2021.

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Water Balance

We will balance our water use in the U.S. by the end of 2021 and internationally by the end of 2023.

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Zero Waste

We will reduce our upstream waste and waste to landfills to achieve zero waste by 2023.

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Goal #1

Carbon Negative by 2021

As a service organization, ENGIE Impact’s carbon footprint is relatively small. But as a leader in sustainability transformation, our approach to our own decarbonization journey must drive leading-edge sustainability practices. We lead by example, so regardless of the size of our footprint, we seek to reduce our emissions internally as quickly and cost-effectively as possible through energy efficiency and changing our ways of working. But we know that we must go further, faster.

Launched Strategy
End of 2020
Carbon Neutral
Carbon Negative

ENGIE Impact has set a goal to be carbon negative by 2021. While ENGIE Impact offset all of its emissions already in 2019, our carbon goal calls for increased methodological rigor, science-based reduction of our carbon footprint, and an innovative strategy to compensate for our residual emissions. In 2020, we aim to reach carbon neutrality, and by 2021, we aim to be carbon negative by avoiding or removing more carbon from the atmosphere than we emit annually. Leading this strategy are some of the world's foremost sustainability consultants on carbon markets and greenhouse gas accounting across voluntary and regulated markets.

Steps to reach our carbon negative goal:

  1. Exhaust all internal carbon reduction opportunities. By evolving our policies and programs to implement more efficient ways of working, we will make every effort to first reduce our emissions.
  2. Adopt leading sustainability standards. We follow the Greenhouse Gas Protocol to measure our Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions footprints, as well as leverage our advanced digital tools, greenhouse gas accounting expertise and financial incentives to set and meet data-driven targets rooted in science.
  3. Become carbon negative in 2021. We will invest in high-quality greenhouse gas reduction projects and clean energy certificate products to compensate for our remaining emissions. We are still exploring which opportunities exist, such as direct investment in carbon capture and utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies and projects, purchasing more Verified Emission Reductions (VERs) than we emit, or other approaches to supporting global reductions in emissions.
  4. Build and serve markets of tomorrow. ENGIE Impact works in partnership with our clients and other leading institutions to shape emerging carbon markets. We are working actively to inform new guidance and approaches to support our clients, our communities and ourselves to advance science-based, credible and robust pathways to decarbonization, leveraging both market- and non-market-based approaches.
Where we are today
Goal #2

Water Balance by 2023

Access to clean, sustainable water sources is essential to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. Protecting and managing this resource is a priority for ENGIE Impact and an essential part of our corporate sustainability strategy. While managing carbon is a global issue, managing our water footprint is a local one. Therefore, we will work to understand the increasingly urgent water risks in communities where we live and work. Our ambition is to not only be more efficient in our water consumption but restore and replenish watersheds that supply our own local communities. Our goal is to balance our water footprint in the United States by 2021 and internationally by 2023.

Launched Strategy
End of 2021
Balance U.S. Water Footprint
End of 2021
International Project Scan
Early 2022
International Projects Initiated
End of 2023
Balance International Water Footprint

Steps to reach our water balance goal:

  1. Assess global water risks and key local issues. We will analyze our water footprint and local risks facing our global offices, aligning our investment to areas facing the greatest threats.
  2. Identify high-impact water stewardship programs to balance our water footprint. Conduct deep analyses of local projects that restore natural ecosystems and watersheds. Ensure that every project we pursue directly addresses the most relevant local issues.
  3. Catalyze collective action. Partner with global water stewardship partners to bring clean and healthy water to our highest-risk communities and ecosystems. Work closely with these partners to establish high-quality programs that can be leveraged by our network of international clients.
Where we are today
Goal #3

Zero Waste by 2023

Waste diversion is a critical component of our sustainability strategy. Solid waste landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions, which are even more potent than GHG emissions. Across more than 20 locations globally, ENGIE Impact will minimize our own waste generation, maximize circularity, and engage the vast array of markets to increase diversion in order to achieve zero waste. We will achieve this goal by leveraging our expertise in waste characterizations, zero waste roadmaps and analytics to create a data-driven understanding of how waste is generated and how it can be diverted away from the landfill – the same data-rich tools we apply to helping our clients transition to more circular operations.

Launched Strategy
End of 2021
International Office Waste Audits
Secure Local Waste Diversion Vendors
Q4 2022
Standardize Green Purchasing
End of 2023
Zero Waste

Steps to reach our zero waste goal:

  1. Set ambitious, data-driven targets to reach zero waste. Using findings from waste audits at our 13 largest offices and waste invoice data to build an agile, evidence-based roadmap to drive down waste generation and increase diversion
  2. Leverage technology and high-quality data to gain granular diversion insights. Pilot sensor technologies and mobile applications to remotely audit waste and diversion rates. Launch a comprehensive regulatory and bill management tracking program to understand additional variables in each location.
  3. Build a best-in-class employee engagement program to minimize downstream waste. Through employee training, instructional office signage and regular data-driven communication, our employees will be essential drivers of our zero waste efforts.
  4. Minimize upstream waste. Develop cross-functional teams to identify upstream opportunities to minimize waste generation by evolving our purchasing practices and engaging our supply chain.
Where we are today

Our Commitments to People, Planet & Prosperity

In the coming months, we will continue to communicate on our comprehensive Corporate Sustainability Program. As signatories of the United Nations Global Compact, we are working to design a program that will have the greatest impact on Sustainable Development Goals. Through this process, we aim to further integrate sustainable development across our enterprise management processes, systems and culture. Here is a glimpse into several critical areas of focus.

Governing Purpose & Culture

To enable our corporate purpose, ‘Make Sustainability Happen Today,’ we are committed to building a governance structure that drives global outcomes with local relevance. As a wholly owned subsidiary of ENGIE, our transparent business practices fully align with global policies, practices and reporting.

Human Rights

In line with ENGIE’s Human Rights policies, we actively support the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights. We will continue to raise awareness of human rights issues within our workforce and structure our supply chains to identify risks and ensure our partners demonstrate excellence in upholding these values.

Value Chain Stewardship

Our greatest impact will come from reducing emissions across our value chain, spanning our suppliers, employees and our significant decarbonization work with clients. Within our supply chain, we will implement new policies and training to minimize air travel, strengthen sustainability criteria in supplier selection, and reduce emissions of information and communication and technology (ICT) systems.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We know that a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment with different perspectives creates stronger and more innovative solutions. Our program will target addressing inequality in society, fostering diversity in the workplace and advancing environmental justice. We recognize the significant work we must do in this area and the meaningful actions we will take to advance these critical outcomes.

Employment Practices

To succeed in our mission, we must provide a safe, healthy environment in which our employees can learn and thrive. Health & Safety are deeply integrated into the design of our work environments as well as the promotion of a strong work-life balance. We invest in our employees, including new programs and tools to drive sustainability literacy, exchange ideas, and initiate projects at every office location.

Community & Social Vitality

We will empower employees to be sustainability champions in the office, at home and in their communities by introducing programs and opportunities that align with their passions and skills. We are researching global community giving programs and designing new options to enable employees to give back with their time, talent or money.

Building Our Sustainable Strategy

Learn more about the process we went through to prioritize the goals that would be most meaningful to our planet and our business

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