Our commitments

Our commitments

  • Achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030
  • Decarbonise our business by 50% by 2030 in line with a 1.5oC science-based target (against a 2019 baseline)
  • Procure 100% renewable electricity
  • Report on our climate performance
  • Drive behavioural change to improve environmental practices at our workplaces

All roads lead to ‘net-zero’

Extreme weather events and frequent natural disasters in recent years have underlined the existential threat that climate change poses to the world. Addressing it calls for immediate and decisive action.

India, vulnerable to climate change and on a path of rapid socio-economic development, faces a unique challenge of decoupling growth from emissions.

As a signatory to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), India has pledged to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2070 and reduce the emissions intensity of its GDP by 45% by 2030, compared to the 2005 level.

Towards this end, it is imperative that India reduces its carbon footprint, which is likely to keep rising, given its expanding infrastructure, energy systems and industries.

Countries and organisations worldwide are re-focusing efforts on controlling their GHG emissions, an urgent call to attention where every action matters.

As a responsible organisation, KPMG International, as a network of member firms, has been monitoring its global carbon emissions through the Global Climate Response initiative since 2008.

Subsequently, KPMG International has committed to a science-based target (SBT) aligned with a 1.5°C trajectory. The KPMG International carbon-reduction target was validated by the Science-Based Target initiative SBTi in 2021, committing the global network to become net-zero by 2030.

To support our global targets, KPMG in India is committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2030. This will see us:

  • Reduce GHG emissions by 50% by 2030 in line with a 1.5ºC science-based target (against a 2019 baseline).
  • Ensure our energy consumption is 100% renewable.
  • Offset unavoidable removable emissions through investments in externally accredited carbon removal projects, keeping the benefits of our communities and society in mind.

As part of our decarbonisation journey, we are reducing business travel, finding new ways of working and aim to create more sustainable supply chains, thus addressing significant emitters contributing to our carbon footprint.

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Our carbon footprint

Our pathway to net-zero

Meeting our emissions reduction targets requires us to take concerted action, both as a business and as individuals. KPMG follows the globally recognised greenhouse gas (GHG) protocol through which we have calculated and analysed our emissions sources to identify hotspots and implement mitigation measures.


To begin with, we have prioritised the following levers to target our largest sources of emissions:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Renewable electricity
  • Rationalising business travel
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Internal carbon price
  • Circularity
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Priority levers to net-zero


Our structure and governance

Energy efficiency

We have optimised the use of energy across our offices through:

  • Motion sensors in meeting rooms and cabins to automatically switch off the lights when they are not in use
  • LED lights to optimise electricity consumption
  • Energy-efficient air conditioning and sensor-based taps and tissue dispensers
  • Insulated water lines to prevent heat loss

Consistent with our low-carbon IT strategy, we continue to replace old laptops with energy-efficient models and plan to do the same with LED monitors as well.

We have also extended our laptop leases, reduced the number of printers in our offices and migrated on-premises servers to cloud/virtual ones.

In addition, our ISO 14001:2015 - Environmental Management System (EMS) certification, which we received in August 2022, provides a framework for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving our environmental performance.

87% of our offices are LEED-certified

India, with over 4,400 LEED projects covering 2.85+ billion square feet, is among the top three countries for LEED outside the US1

Most of our offices are housed in LEED-certified buildings. This is also an important criterion in the acquisition of new offices.

Renewable energy

In line with KPMG’s global commitment of transitioning to 100% renewable electricity by 2030 across its network, in FY22, we procured 100% renewable electricity through accredited renewable energy certificates (I-RECs) from small hydro and solar projects.

Additionally, our sustainability initiatives include investing in CNG captive/back-up power generation at select offices, installing sun-protected films on windows and scheduling lighting levels.

We will continue to work with our real estate partners for procuring green energy and explore the implementation of energy-efficient measures, including solar panel installations and smart metering.

Rationalising business travel

Recognising that technology can help in reducing business travel, we plan to:

  • Introduce a sustainable travel policy
  • Circulate regular air travel reports to business units
  • Develop an air travel dashboard for the firm and each business
  • Optimise non-client travel emissions
  • Explore partnerships with environmentally conscious, LEED-certified hotels for events and accommodation

Embracing greener employee commuting alternatives

As part of our Employee Benefits initiatives, we offer subsidised travel options to our people for commuting to work.

As an environmentally responsible organisation, we have transitioned 5% of our fleet to EVs, while 40% runs on CNG. We encourage our people to carpool and adopt the hybrid working model to reduce the impact on the environment.

We also encourage our people to adopt sustainable practices at work and at home, including using electric vehicles (EVs). To enable this, we are undertaking several steps, including the supply of EV-charging infrastructure, proposed to be made available through our property partners.

A carpooling app is planned to promote ridesharing and help take vehicles off the road.

Sustainable procurement

KPMG International reports annually to CDP (formerly known as Carbon Disclosure Project) on its collective performance and management of climate-related issues.

In FY22, KPMG in India joined KPMG International in CDP’s Supply Chain Programme. Since then, we have identified our largest suppliers based on spend. Our current priority is to engage with suppliers to identify opportunities to reduce the carbon impact of our supply chain, encouraging them to take affirmative carbon actions.

As future steps, we plan to implement a Sustainable Procurement Process to identify vendors, service providers and partners who prioritise sustainability.


We look to minimise waste, promote reuse of resources and source raw materials sustainably. Our circularity initiatives include:

  • Waste segregation
  • Use of biodegradable garbage bags
  • Disposal of e-waste, UPS batteries, office lighting and wastepaper through authorised recycling vendors
  • Use of recycled paper and water
  • Elimination of single-use plastic
  • Use of double-sided printing

Our Mantra: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Internal carbon price (ICP)

As part of our commitment to becoming net-zero by 2030, we have introduced an internal carbon price to operationalise sustainable behaviour.

Our ICP will be used for funding activities that reduce our carbon footprint, such as purchasing renewable energy certificates or creating a carbon dashboard for our businesses to encourage behavioural change, among others.

Online signing ceremony

As part of our circularity initiatives, we donated our re-usable laptops to help an NGO set up an English language centre for underserved youth.

Understanding our social impact around climate and nature

We continue to create awareness around our personal and professional impact on the natural world. Therefore, we encourage and empower our people to engage in projects and activities that make a positive impact on the environment.

Our socioenvironmental initiatives include:

  • Organising regular visits to eco-parks and nature trailsfor students
  • Sensitising students on climate change and sustainable living through nature clubs at our partner NGO schools
  • Advocating the importance of waste management and segregation in schools
  • Promoting important occasions such as World Environment Day, World Conservation Day and Earth Hour
  • Organising tree plantation drives (our colleagues have planted several thousand trees since 2019)
  • Delivering community awareness sessions on making the ‘best out of waste’
  • Supporting rainwater harvesting to counter the effects of urbanisation and groundwater depletion
  • Exploring biogas as a decentralised solution for biodegradable waste

Impact beyond the workplace

Mangroves play a vital role in maintaining ocean health and inland habitation. KPMG in India volunteers led a mangrove planting drive at a beach in Kochi with a view to prevent soil erosion, protect fresh water and create a natural carbon sink. Wide-scale implementation of such plantations can improve rain patterns and temperatures in the years to come.

Our journey to net-zero is incomplete without our clients. Therefore, we work with them to help them become more environmentally responsible by making the right choices. Every day, we leverage the expertise of KPMG professionals to help our clients reduce their carbon emissions, transition to renewable energy and integrate climate risk into their corporate strategies.

Carbon abatement journey for the hard-to-abate sectors

Energy-intensive industries such as petrochemicals, fertilizers, steel and cement, where the use of fossil energy and feedstock is deeply embedded in the production process, account for ~30%1 of the global CO2 emissions2.

Our client, a large conglomerate and a leading producer of fertilizers, polyolefins, fibres and medical gloves (‘client’ or ‘group’) with over 30 manufacturing sites across eight countries, serves as a crucial supplier for many businesses across the globe. With most of its production falling under hard-to-abate sectors, it is imperative for the group to decarbonise its value chain and leverage low-carbon technologies for its operations. In this endeavour, the client would align themselves to national and global climate goals and create a competitive advantage for the group in the longer term.

As part of the client’s decarbonisation journey, KPMG in India is helping them in the identification and evaluation of GHGabatement levers to develop a GHGabatement and carbon-offset roadmap based on the identified decarbonisation strategies for select facilities.

The exercise is being conducted by carrying out an end-to-end assessment of direct and indirect emissions as per the GHG accounting and reporting principles defined in the GHG protocol corporate standard covering relevance, completeness, consistency, accuracy and transparency3.

Our teams are also helping the client set unit-level near-term and long-term targets based on the SBTi framework with a focused assessment of nationally determined contributions, climate and energy policies, maturity of renewable energy market in the country and sectoral emission reduction scenarios.

To make the client’s value chain emissions reporting robust, we are currently helping them develop a guidance document for Scope 3 emissions calculations and disclosures, in consultation with the client’s leadership, sustainability team and their major suppliers.

With the aim of enabling a wider adoption of low carbon sustainable growth strategies across the hard-to-abate sectors, our teams are creating impact and empowering our clients to create meaningful change.

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1 Unlocking the “Hard to Abate” Sectors | World Resources Institute (wri.org)
2 Decarbonizing hard-to-abate industries | Siemens Energy Global (siemens-energy.com)
3 A Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard, REVISED EDITI