Energy and greenhouse gas reductions

Increasing energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with our operations are central goals for our environmental sustainability program. ADP’s main sources of greenhouse gas emissions come from our offices and data centers, and we are on track to reach our current goal to reduce emissions by 10% by the end of calendar year 2020 in the United States through investments in efficiency and conservation.

Climate change and ADP

Climate change is an increasingly urgent topic that could have significant impacts on our business, and the world. These impacts from climate change include weather-related events interrupting business operations, supply chain disruptions, disruptions to our clients’ businesses and potential regulatory changes. Our ability to anticipate and mitigate these impacts has clear implications for our business.

Energy conservation

Throughout 2019, ADP invested in energy reduction initiatives that improved efficiency, reduced energy consumption and decreased our emissions. Some examples include installing LED lighting, implementing new Building Management Systems (BMS) to increase building efficiency, and a revised travel policy. In total, our conservation efforts are estimated to have reduced our 2019 electricity consumption by about 3 million kilowatt hours, and will continue to reduce our annual consumption by 5 million kilowatt hours. ADP annually reports to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) regarding its emissions-reduction initiatives. For more information on these efficiency projects and our 2019 emissions, visit CDP’s website here.

LED lighting projects in France and India

Our operations in France and India went through an intensive lighting-replacement project in 2019. France recently completed implementing LED lighting in our Nanterre facility, which covers over 12,000 m2. While France recently completed this project, India saw considerable energy savings from similar efforts, with over 234 MWh of energy and 187 MT CO2e saved across their operations in 2019.

Greenhouse gas emissions

In 2019, ADP continued to improve its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory data collection and management process by relying less on estimations of emissions in favor of the application of improved calculation methods. This marks the 3rd year we will be reporting our greenhouse gas emissions in all 3 scopes. Despite our efforts to reduce our global emissions, they slightly increased from 2018 to 2019 due to the expanded and increased visibility of ADP's global operations that provided input for our annual GHG reporting.

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Global Scope 2 emissions
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As part of our commitment to reducing carbon emissions, ADP is updating its vehicle fleet with fuel-efficient vehicles. As a result of the improvement in ADP’s data quality, we are now able to provide an emissions figure for our vehicle fleet: In 2019, our global fleet emitted 5,678 metric tons of carbon, which accounts for approximately 2% of our total greenhouse gas emissions.

Unified electric vehicle charging stations

With the conversion to ChargePoint EV charging units in 2019, we are now be able to capture GHG savings in real-time. To date, ADP has installed 73 charging ports located in 12 owned properties. Our goal is to increase this number to 100 ports over the next two years. When considering ADP location choices, the Real Estate Team also factors in access to public transportation, bicycle racks and storage and access to public EV charging stations in the area.

TwoGo carpooling expansion

ADP India is launching a new exciting internal tool called TwoGo, a ride-sharing application that allows our associates to carpool to work easier. The program is currently offered at operations in Spain and England. The TwoGo app is making our everyday commuting pleasant and smooth. It plays a significant role in reducing CO2 emissions by sharing cars instead of using one vehicle per associate, effectively halving emissions commuting and sometimes even more, depending on vehicle occupancy.

Renewable and alternative energy

To further reduce ADP's emissions footprint, we’ve invested in fuel cell technology that generates energy without water or greenhouse gas emissions. In 2018, the fuel cell in La Palma, California slightly decreased electric output; however, starting in 2019 and continuing to today, the cell is operating at 100% capacity. ADP will continue to look for opportunities to use alternative fuel technologies, like fuel cells and solar energy, in the future.

ADP also investigates opportunities to purchase renewable energy wherever it is economically viable. Our operations in Barcelona, Spain operated on 100% renewable energy supply in 2019! We will continue to investigate where we can use renewable energy to reduce our emissions further.