Our Environmental Policy outlines our approach to minimize our impact by encouraging our companies to consider their environmental footprint. In 2019, we made progress against our goals:
GOAL: Reduce energy use by 20% per person globally by 2023, using a 2015 baseline
PROGRESS: Approximately 19% reduction per person globally per 2015 baseline
GOAL: Increase use of electricity from renewable energy sources globally to 20% by 2023
PROGRESS: Approximately 37% increase in use of electricity from renewable sources per 2015 baseline, from 8% in 2015 to 16% in 2019
In 2019, we continued to reduce our global energy consumption, using 146,119 megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy, a 5% reduction compared to 2018. We also cut our electricity use by 6.4%, from 104,929 MWh in 2018 to 131,990 MWh in 2019.
We reduced our companywide greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by approximately 16% in 2019, compared to 2018. This reduction is achieved in business travel emissions, which were down 23% compared to 2018 and purchased-electricity emissions, down nearly 12% year over year.
As part of Omnicom’s strategy to reduce our carbon footprint, we derive a portion of our electricity needs from renewable sources. Total electricity used from renewable resources has increased by 37% per our 2015 baseline, from 8% in 2015 to 16% in 2019.
Led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and a coalition of businesses including founder FINCH, founding partner Mars, Clemenger BBDO and Nielsen, The Lion’s Share Fund was created to tackle biodiversity and climate crises. The initiative asks advertisers worldwide to contribute 0.5% of their media spend for each advertisement that features an animal. The funds are distributed to projects around the world that make a significant impact on animal conservation, habitat loss and climate change. As a campaign partner, Clemenger BBDO brought the concept to life and used its creative thinking to drive meaningful impact.