Major brokers Aon PLC and Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc. more than halved its CO2 emissions from business travel in 2020 when they switched to digital ways of working during the pandemic.
In his initial report on the environment, social and governance released on Wednesday, Marsh McLennan said that its air emissions decreased by 75% in 2020 compared to 2019 levels as it stopped most staff travel and increased the use of technology.
The acquisition of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group PLC and the addition of 10,000 employees had increased Marsh McLennan said.
Marsh McLennans Scope 3 emissions, which only include emissions from personnel flights, fell from 79,555.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents in 201
Monthly use of video conferencing technology increased by 250% when Marsh McLennan's staff mainly worked from home, the report said. work, we announced plans to reduce our travel even when travel is likely to recover from the pandemic, ”says Marsh McLennan.
Meanwhile, Aon's emissions from business travel fell by 59% to 12,977 tonnes in 2020, from 31,838 tonnes in 2019, based on figures in its annual impact reports.
Aon is committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2030, a goal it said it would achieve by "reducing the environmental impact of our own operations – as a reduction in our property footprint and travel by utilizing virtual features", according to his report from 2020.
Marsh McLennan has promised to be carbon neutral in 2021 and reduce its total carbon dioxide emissions by 15% during 2019 levels until 2025, said President and CEO Dan Glaser in his report.