Recognizing that protecting natural resources is a vital element of achieving our mission, we apply our creativity, technical expertise and collective efforts to reduce our environmental footprint.
GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
COMMUTING AND AIR TRAVEL
WASTE AND PROCUREMENT
We have been tracking our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions since 2012, and publically report this data to The Climate Registry. Emission accounting for years 2012 through 2016 has achieved external verification.
In 2015, we committed to decarbonize by 2050, setting an initial reduction target of 25% by 2021 from the 2012 base year.
Four years ahead of schedule, we beat our target, achieving a 27% reduction.
EXAMPLES OF MITIGATION STRATEGIES
Supporting use of alternative transportation & virtual collaboration
Building lighting retrofits and use of energy efficient IT electronics, printers, and appliances
Driving employee behavior change
Connecting Abt's climate change and renewable energy research to our mitigation strategies
In 2015, we began offsetting our Massachusetts office electricity use with wind & hydro, which if included in the emission calculation, results in a 32% reduction in emissions from 2012.
In 2018 we relocated our two largest U.S. offices to newly designed spaces that will further reduce our GHG footprint. The offices are built to LEED specifications and feature motion sensor LED lights, advanced temperature control and a significantly smaller energy consumption footprint.
We work in more than 50 countries, making air travel a necessity. To increase efficiency, we are bundling meetings, regionalizing services, increasing use of virtual collaboration technology and enhancing connectivity.
Source: Centralized travel agency data systems.
Source: Annual employee commute survey, administered through a proprietary instrument developed by Abt experts.
Every year, our employees commute to work by public transit, car, bike or on foot, accounting for 20% of GHG emissions annually.
EXAMPLES OF ACTIVE COMMUTING STRATEGIES
Public transit subsidies, complimentary shuttles to public transit
Regular Commuter Expos for staff to be well informed of their choices
Carpooling incentives and matching services
Organizing events and activities to promote Abt's thriving biking community
Complimentary bike tune-ups
Generous annual bike maintenance subsidy
Lockers, showers, secure bike parking
2018 Gold 2017 Pinnacle Award 2015-2016 Leadership Award
2016 EcoLeadership Award
Our offices generate waste in the form of paper, cardboard, electronics, packaging, food waste and other materials.
Recycling rates for our Massachusetts (MA) and Maryland (MD) offices have been increasing steadily throughout the years, and we are working toward our goal of 80 percent landfill diversion.
In Massachusetts we have reduced landfill-bound waste by 43% since 2012.
2018 Office Relocations
Donated 945 pieces of furniture, 150 boxes of office supplies, and 45 boxes of books
Reached an 80 percent landfill diversion rate for waste and decommissioned assets
Recycled more than 12,000 pounds of electronic waste and 131 tons of metal
EXAMPLES OF PROCUREMENT STRATEGIES
Nearly 100 percent of our computers are Energy Start Certified and 75 percent are Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) rated gold
All office printing paper is made of 100% post-consumer recycled content
Office supplies are selected for environmentally friendly attributes, such as low-toxicity, refillable and high recycled content
Of all paper-based products purchased, 73 percent contain at least 30 percent post-consumer recycled content