We have a tremendous opportunity to help our customers and employees imagine, design, and create the built world around us. Climate change is the greatest design challenge humankind has ever faced and is therefore a critical concern for our customers and a core focus of our business. Although our biggest opportunity to improve our shared future is through the designers who use our software, we also work hard to reduce the direct impact of our operations.
From designing a more efficient cloud infrastructure to addressing the environmental impact of our facilities and other business activities, we continually work to reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve our broader environmental performance.
In 2015, we made a commitment to power our facilities and cloud services with 100% renewable energy by fiscal year 2021. We achieved this milestone several years early and are excited to take the next step.
We strive to be transparent about our GHG emissions. We are proud that for the first time, in fiscal year 2016, we estimated GHG emissions from across our supply chain to create a complete footprint and included those emissions in our reduction target. This helps us better understand our environmental impacts, prioritize our reduction efforts, and address GHG hotspots in our value chain.
In fiscal year 2016, our absolute GHG emissions decreased by 3% compared with the prior year. Since our fiscal year 2009 baseline, we have decreased absolute GHG emissions by 33%, exceeding our goal of a 32% reduction.
Our Corporate Finance Approach to Climate-Stabilizing Targets (C-FACT) methodology is a science-based approach that helps companies develop GHG emissions reduction targets in proportion to their relative contribution to the economy. Learn more.
OUR RENEWABLE CLOUD
In addition to our commitment to use 100% renewable energy for our cloud services, we strive to minimize energy use through server virtualization, selection of efficient equipment that meets respected industry standards, and by streamlining our code. This provides a faster, more reliable experience for our customers, with reduced environmental impacts.
We manage an efficient and healthy real estate portfolio, run on 100% renewable energy. We have 19 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certifications, representing 32% of our total square footage,* and we create custom management plans to keep the portfolio running sustainably.
*As of January 31, 2016.
Since 2015, Autodesk University has been carbon neutral. We decrease the climate impact of our conferences and other events by enhancing efficiency, providing virtual attendance options, reducing waste, and purchasing carbon offsets. See how we integrate sustainability into Autodesk University, one of our largest annual conferences (video: 4:22 min.).
EMPLOYEE TRAVEL AND MEETINGS
We seek to reduce the carbon impact of meeting travel through virtual meetings, partner education, a green rating system for hotels, and by incorporating sustainability expectations into our standard meeting contracts.
Autodesk is committed to improving the environmental performance of its business operations. See our environmental policy.
SUPPLIERS AND BUSINESS PARTNERS
We use our purchasing power and influence to promote socially and environmentally responsible business practices across our value chain. Our Partner Code of Conduct outlines the standards and practices we expect our resellers and distributors to follow while conducting business with or on behalf of Autodesk, and our green procurement guidelines describe environmental considerations that can factor into our selection of vendors and products.
Through our products and services, Autodesk strives to make sustainability easy, insightful, and cost-effective. Our customer base has a sizeable reach with great potential to design buildings, infrastructure projects, and products that help curb GHG emissions and reduce environmental impacts.