At PwC Cyprus, we recognise our environmental responsibility and choose to be part of the solution. In a continuous effort to improve our environmental performance, we assess our environmental impacts and focus on actions to minimise our environmental footprint.
In fact, PwC’s global network is also highly committed to minimise its environmental impact, with a focus on most material issue, our carbon footprint. This is the result of unavoidable business travel, necessary to service our clients; and energy consumption in our buildings. Nevertheless, we’re determined to play our part! That’s why we’re raising our climate ambition, by making a worldwide science-based commitment to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
Hear from Bob Moritz, Global Chairman of the PwC network, on how we will get there.
Having our corporate purpose and values at heart we strive to do the right thing for our planet and make a difference as PwC and as individuals.
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PwC Cyprus recently had two successful certifications, one of the Firm’s Environmental Management System according to the international standard ISO 14001 and one of our premises as “Green Offices”, which we commit to maintain and continually improve.
On an annual basis and following the completion of the environmental review, PwC Cyprus’s Environmental Team, develops the respective environmental action plan. Our actions focus on four main areas aiming at conserving natural resources, saving energy, minimising greenhouse gas emissions and engaging our people in environmental awareness activities.
Focussing on energy efficiency, the Firm has completed a number of significant infrastructure and operational changes during the last few years. Some examples consist of construction and renovation works at all our premises, replacement of Firm’s motorcycles and vans, installation of movement sensors for light activation, use of time switches, replacement with LED lights and use of equipment with energy saving features. More specifically, through the use of energy efficient and eco-friendly technologies and equipment as well as a more effective use of our office space, we have achieved great energy efficiencies and reduction of our carbon footprint. Going forward, our target is to focus on the use of renewable energy sources for our buildings starting with the installation of photovoltaics at PwC Central.
Aiming at conserving natural resources, saving energy and minimising greenhouse gas emissions we have replaced all the paper used for internal printing purposes with recycled one. In addition, we ensure that environmental criteria are taken into account in the procurement of goods and services and work closely with our suppliers and contractors to improve the environmental performance of their products and services. An example of this is that all printing paper we use is certified with environmental labels. Nevertheless, we aim to continuously minimise our paper consumption through effective printing practices such as double sided printing, no coloured printing and electronic use of documents. Going paperless and as a result reducing our impact to the extent possible is a target we continuously aim to achieve.
In regards to water usage, our Operations department continuously monitors the water consumption at our premises and maintains it at the same levels, while investigating possible actions for further reductions. Actions already implemented consist of:
In an effort to continuously minimise environmental pollution associated with the production of waste, the Firm implements actions to reduce the use of plastics and other waste streams while implementing circular economy practises into our daily business operations. At the office we have already removed plastic water bottles and plastic straws in order to minimise the excessive use of plastic. We have also provided reusable mugs, drinking bottles and stainless steel straws to our people aiming at minimising waste and enhancing environmental culture within the workplace. In addition, at all our premises, there is a waste recycling system, separating PMD and paper on every floor while the collection of used batteries, lamps, electronic equipment, scrap metals and used toner cartridges is managed centrally by the Operations and IT departments, respectively.
Engaging our people in environmental awareness and participating activities is considered a top priority in effectively managing our environmental impacts and promoting sustainability. Therefore, we aim to continuously enhance the environmental culture of our people by regular communication of informative material as well as carrying out a number of different activities in the areas of:
Screening the film Our Planet: Our Business: The film explores the immense value of nature to our economy, the scale of the challenges that we are facing, and the critical role that business can play in creating solutions at scale. This initiative aimed to inspire our people to think differently and make decisions that will help protect and restore nature in their everyday work and lives.
“Environmental Gamification”: Through the use of our technology tools our people had the opportunity to enhance their knowledge on environmental matters by entering into a gameful experience and participating in challenges with the chance to win environmentally friendly prizes.
Tree planting: Our team of volunteers gathered together and planted 250 trees, making Tochni village greener! We selected to plant native tree species for two very important reasons: enhance the local biodiversity and minimise water needs.