Every day, we know the decisions we make have an impact on our environment. Reducing our footprint by using resources responsibly helps us increase efficiency, save money, and attract and retain key stakeholders.
Since establishing environmental goals to reduce waste and increase recycling in 2006, we continue to look for new ways to improve our sustainability efforts. After exceeding our 2025 carbon reduction goal in 2019, we set a new science-based target. The new goal is a 27.5 percent reduction by 2030 (using a 2019 baseline) following the location-based method, aligning with the 'well below 2-degree Celsius' scenario. The other two enterprise-wide 2025 goals established in 2017 for reducing our water consumption by 10 percent and increasing our recycling rate of waste to 80 percent remain in place. We reduced water consumption by 43 percent, far exceeding our goal of 10 percent that we'll be updating in 2021.
In 2020, our recycling rate ticked up to 74 percent and we expect to make further progress once we deploy our global recycling strategy that we paused in 2020 due to COVID-19. To further reduce our carbon footprint, we’ve instituted a program aimed at achieving carbon neutrality for all of our global Scope 1 and Scope 2 carbon emissions (direct emissions as well as indirect emissions from electricity). This effort will require engagement of our offices globally as we increase our purchase of RECs and carbon offsets, facilitating development of green energy. In addition, we are focused on reducing our carbon footprint on an absolute basis over the next 10 years in alignment with the science-based target initiative.
Our employees want to know what we’re doing as a company to reduce our environmental impact, and they want to know what they can do to help.
Our Environmental Sustainability Employee Network (ESEN) is a resource group made up of passionate employees around the world who are focused on reducing our company’s environmental impact. The network serves as a communication tool for employees to share ideas and activities, and it helps management give and receive information about our corporate sustainability goals and initiatives.
Aligned with the goal of waste reduction, the ESEN has partnered with Global Procurement Services to increase employee knowledge of the financial and environmental benefits of eliminating Styrofoam use in our offices globally. In addition to employee participation, the ESEN also serves as a resource to business units looking to broaden their sustainability efforts. This year, the ESEN facilitated employee engagement and education of Global Realty Services’ increased implementation of onsite solar energy generation, supporting additional electric vehicle charging stations.
All of these efforts will continue to expand internationally as employees seek more ways to positively impact our environment.