Rich Lesser, CEO of Boston Consulting Group (BCG), announced a major new climate commitment for the firm that will deliver net-zero climate impact by 2030.
To reach this goal, BCG will take significant action to reduce its footprint and neutralise its remaining climate impact by investing in leading-edge carbon removal projects.
The firm will reduce direct energy and electricity emissions (Scopes 1 and 2)—against its baseline year of 2018—by 90 per cent per full-time-equivalent employee by 2025. BCG transitioned to purchasing 100 per cent renewable electricity in 2019 and will continue to pursue efforts to increase energy efficiency across its operations to achieve the remainder of this target.
BCG will also reduce its climate impact from business travel, which represents more than 80 per cent of its total footprint, by at least 30 per cent per FTE by 2025, with expected further improvements to follow. While the mobility of its people is important to delivering services to clients, BCG began making changes to reduce the climate impact of business travel prior to COVID-19 and will build upon lessons learned during the pandemic to further transform its approach.
To neutralise the climate impact of its remaining footprint, BCG will remove carbon from the atmosphere by scaling investments in carbon removal projects and technologies. For every remaining tonne (CO2 equivalent) that it emits, the firm will remove a tonne of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, thereby achieving net-zero climate impact by 2030.
BCG is committed to removing carbon with the most effective nature-based and engineered solutions at an expected cost of $35 per tonne in 2025, rising to $80 per tonne in 2030. This marks a significant increase against the current voluntary carbon offset market average of $3 to $6 per tonne. This major investment will enable BCG to work collaboratively with leading organizations around the world in developing and deploying the most advanced removal approaches, essential to meeting the goals of the Paris Accord.
Beyond 2030, the firm is committed to being climate positive by removing more CO2 than the amount of CO2 equivalent that it emits.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the need for global efforts to develop solutions to the world’s biggest problems,” said Lesser. “True to our values and purpose, we have a responsibility to show leadership in this new reality. The greatest impact BCG can have is to help our clients tackle their climate challenges and accelerate their transition to a lower-carbon economy. But to stand confidently and proudly behind our work, we also have to change the way we ourselves operate and invest substantially. Like every company, we must step up.”
Beyond transforming its own operations and investments in carbon removal, BCG is announcing a $400 million commitment over the next decade to enable its teams to drive climate and environmental impact across governments, industries, NGOs, and coalitions in order to advance global progress toward the net-zero ambition.