Reducing carbon emissions
Over the past several years, projects were conceived and completed including installing new and more efficient Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) systems, conducting data center airflow management studies, installing new building chillers, utilizing more energy efficient data centers for hosting and applying Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification philosophy to drive facility renovation, relocation and construction.
Unisys is also using the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification philosophy to drive facility renovation, relocation and construction. The Unisys headquarters building incorporated LEED philosophy and principles into its design.
In addition, Unisys has implemented an initiative to reduce carbon emission associated with its fleet of vehicles operated in India. We are working to increase the number of associates working at home from 15% of associate's pre COVID-19. This will provide a benefit of reducing carbon emissions associated with commuting.
Since 2006, Unisys has participated in the Carbon Disclosure Project with a goal of reducing the Green House Gas (GHG) emissions from Scope 1 and 2 sources by 75% in 2026 from the base year of 2006. The Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions for 2021 were 33,024 metric tonnes, which is a reduction of 81% from the base year with energy from renewable sources accounting for approximately 30% of the purchased electricity. The Scope 3 emissions were 4,850 metric tonnes in 2021, which is an almost 90% reduction from the base year.
Presently the GHG emissions have been reduced by over 138,000 metric tonnes since 2006, which represents a reduction of approximately 81%. Unisys is at over 108% of the goal as presented in the figure below. While absolute emissions for Scope 1 and 2 have been reduced since the base year, the intensity factors have also decreased. Metric tonnes per million USD of revenue has decreased by 45%, metric tonnes per headcount has decreased by 60%, energy use per headcount has been reduced by 70%, metric tonnes per square foot has decreased by approximately 22% and 30% of energy consumed is from renewables sources.
With the achievement of the goal of reducing Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 75% five years ahead of plan a net zero greenhouse gas emissions goal for Scope 1 and 2 sources by 2030 has been established. This aligns with the Science Based Targets initiative’s (SBTi) Business Ambition for 1.5°C and builds on the company’s participation in the Carbon Disclosure Project and UN Global Compact (UNGC). Unisys plans to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions globally by:
- Developing and deploying solutions that reduce the company’s carbon footprint as well as the respective carbon footprints of its clients;
- Optimizing its real estate footprint;
- Increasing energy efficiency;
- Procuring renewable power; and
- Purchasing renewable energy credits (RECs) and carbon offsets to address remaining emissions.
“Unisys has long been dedicated to protecting our environment, building sustainable local and global communities and integrating environmental, social and governance considerations into our overall business strategy and decision making,” said Unisys Chair and CEO Peter Altabef. “We are proud of our success in achieving our 2026 goal five years early, and we are taking a programmatic approach to the new 2030 net zero greenhouse gas emissions goal.”