Reducing our emissions

Reporting our greenhouse gas emissions

We have robust monitoring and reporting procedures in place for greenhouse gas emissions and report on the business risks and opportunities of climate change via CDP’s disclosure programme. 

We have voluntarily responded to the CDP climate change programme for the last 4 years. In 2017 we achieved a score of A-, maintaining our ‘leadership’ status for the second year in a row. 

We are committed to responding to CDP annually and to improving our level of disclosure and performance. Our latest response can be viewed on the CDP website.

In 2017 we have continued to reduce our global greenhouse gas emissions in line with climate change science. ISG has committed to setting emissions reductions in line with science-based target methodologies, and we are currently working towards approval with the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi).

We have established draft targets to reduce total emissions by 21% by 2021, and by 71% by 2050.

Due to the contract-based nature of our business, our emissions can increase or decrease significantly based on the type of work that we carry out in each year, and whether or not we pay for energy used on our sites. To minimise this volatility, we have decided to report our emissions on a rolling average basis from our 2015 baseline.

Global greenhouse emissions

When comparing the rolling average emissions figure to our 2015 baseline, ISG has reduced emissions in 2017, within the boundary of its target, by 21%. We have therefore achieved our 2021 target ahead of time. However, we must continue to mitigate our emissions impact across the business to ensure that we remain on-track to achieve our long-term 2050 target.

* All emissions have been independently verified by Carbon Credentials Energy Services Ltd, with the exception of Business Travel which, in 2015 was calculated from cost data, and has been extrapolated in 2016 and 2017. 

GHG emissions

GHG verification statement 2017