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EY plans to be carbon neutral by end of year 2020

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REDUCING inter-island travel in favour of using technology is helping one firm cut its carbon emissions.

Andrew Dann, EY’s managing partner in the Channel Islands. (Picture by Chris George)

Andrew Dann, EY’s managing partner in the Channel Islands, said safeguarding the planet was an important issue and that the firm was planning to become carbon neutral by the end of 2020.

To achieve carbon neutrality, the business will focus on areas including reducing travel emissions, sustainable procurement practices and using renewable energy to power EY offices.

It will also purchase carbon credits to offset carbon footprint and invest in projects that reduce carbon emissions or remove carbon from the atmosphere, for example reforestation projects.

‘Protecting the planet for future generations is an important issue for EY people and becoming carbon neutral this year is a real step forward on the EY sustainability journey,’ said Mr Dann.

‘On a local level, we have been able to significantly reduce our inter-island travel due to the continued enhancement and development in technology.

‘We are continuously looking for ways to be more sustainable and limit our environmental impact, including no longer purchasing unnecessary single-use plastic, installing more energy efficient lighting and recycling initiatives within the offices.’

Mr Dann added: ‘EY has the potential to become a world leader in sustainable business and becoming carbon neutral is an important step toward making that a reality.’

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