In an effort to reduce expenses and carbon emissions, Deloitte is lowering temperatures in its UK offices. To cut down on energy use, the thermostat is being lowered by 2 degrees at 22 locations, some of which were also temporarily closed over Christmas.
The plans, which are anticipated to result in savings of approximately 75,000 pounds for December 2022, were communicated to employees by the consultancy and accounting firm this month. In the wake of COVID-19 and the invasion of Ukraine, energy costs have skyrocketed. As part of new energy-saving plans, Deloitte informed its 23,000 UK employees that its offices would now be heated to between 19 and 22 degrees Celsius.
It stated that even though the temperature range in its UK offices was lower, it would still be higher than the Health and Safety Executive’s minimum recommendation of 16 degrees Celsius for desk workers. London, Cambridge, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Reading, Bristol, Cardiff, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Belfast are among the locations where the company has offices.
Scope, a disability charity, will receive the savings made by Deloitte in December 2022. Scope’s UK chief executive, Richard Houston, stated that he hoped it would help those most affected by the rising cost of living. It follows the temporary closure of some of the UK offices of several other large consultancies, including KPMG and PwC, over the holiday season to reduce energy consumption.
Deloitte has also lowered temperatures in some of its other offices across Europe, according to a report. The European Union reportedly set a temperature limit of 19 degrees Celsius for its institutional buildings in Brussels, resulting in some complaints from chilly staff. After making high-profile pledges, many multinational corporations have been under pressure to do more to reduce their carbon emissions, especially in light of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
By 2030, Deloitte plans to reduce its emissions from business travel by 50 percent per full-time employee compared to 2019 levels. It recently announced a commitment to supply its office buildings with 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030.
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