In 2018, Omnicom introduced our new Environmental Policy. It outlines our approach to minimize our impact by encouraging our companies to consider their environmental footprint. We also established goals to help us drive performance against our commitment:
– Reduce energy use by 20% per person globally by 2023, using a 2015 baseline
– Increase use of electricity from renewable energy sources globally by 20% by 2023
In 2017, we used 152,841 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity:
– 5.5% decrease compared to 2016
– 6.5% reduction of total energy use year-over-year
We reduced our company-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 10.1% in 2017 compared to 2016. This reduction is the result of a 40% decrease year-over-year in our Scope 1 emissions as the positive impacts of our office consolidation efforts continued. We also reported a decrease in air-travel related Scope 3 emissions, from 176,016 metric tonnes of CO2 equivalent (MT CO2e) in 2016 to 158,016 MT CO2e in 2017, which was offset by a 5% increase in our Scope 2 emissions compared to 2016.
As part of Omnicom’s strategy to reduce our carbon footprint, we derive a portion of our electricity needs from renewable sources. In 2017, total electricity purchased from renewable resources remained steady at 10.1%.