Originally from the 2014 Bloomberg Impact Report.
Through our environmental strategy, we scrutinize every aspect of our business and operations, with the aspiration of creating a fully sustainable Bloomberg.
Energy consumption represents 59% of our total CO2e emissions. Employee business travel and logistics (including magazine distribution) contribute 26%, with paper consumption from publishing (Businessweek, Markets/Pursuits, BBNA) accounting for 14% and the balance from office paper and landfill waste.
Accordingly, our mission to minimize our environmental impacts remains focused on finding energy efficiencies and renew - able energy opportunities, ensuring our publishing standards reduce emissions and set new standards in the industry, and reducing emissions from employee travel, product transport and waste.
In 2014, total emissions were 194,671 metric tonnes. This represents legacy Bloomberg operations, as well as acquisitions of Businessweek and New Energy Finance in 2009, Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) in 2011, PolarLake in 2012 and Rivelando and Real Time Systems (RTS) in 2014. Emissions from acquisitions represent 18% of total emissions.
In 2014 we realized an efficiency gain of 33% over adjusted Business As Usual (BAU) levels1 , primarily from energy reduction and efficiency steps taken over the last seven years. We have also reduced landfill waste by moving to waste-to-energy engagements in New York and London and by emphasizing composting.