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IHS Markit continues to increase focus and progress on our impact on the climate by understanding, optimizing and reducing the energy usage in our global operations. This includes increasing the number of environmentally certified spaces, incorporating sustainable design in our facilities, using green energy, increasing energy efficiency and optimizing our data centers.
2015 Highlights (compared to 2014)
In 2015, IHS Markit also generated 455 metrics tons of scope 1, direct greenhouse gas (DGHG), emissions. These emissions represent 100 percent of owned IHS Markit office space and 12 percent of all IHS Markit office area, both leased and owned. We report DGHG emissions only for locations that we own and only when we have full operational control of the direct emissions in the building. We do not report energy usage for corporate vehicles since their carbon impact is not significant when compared to our other GHG emissions.
IHS Markit continues to reduce overall waste and our environmental impacts by recycling and improving waste service efficiency. For e-waste, our vendors meet strict environmental standards, including e-stewards, R2 ISO 9001 and/or ISO 140001certifications.
Truly helping to create a more sustainable world means making mindful choices and working with partners who are also focused on improving their environmental and social footprint. Check out our Vendor Code of Conduct to see the acceptable conduct IHS Markit expects from its suppliers.
EcoDesk Supply Chain Greening
IHS Markit participates in the Ecodesk Innovator program, in support of efforts to accelerate greening of the IHS Markit supply chain. Through the use of the Ecodesk sustainability database, we are able to share, view and better manage our sustainable supply chain analytics and enhance supplier engagement.
Global Printer Consolidation Initiative
IHS Markit has partnered with Xerox in an enterprise-wide strategy to reduce volatile organic compounds (VOC) and eliminate hazardous materials. We have recently completed a refresh of all Xerox devices in our main in-house print facility in Englewood, as well as the replacement of stand-alone devices at other locations globally. All new Xerox devices feature lower VOCs and non-toxic dry ink technology. Learn More
IHS Markit Print Shop Efficiencies
The IHS Markit print shop, which is responsible for half of all print output at IHS Markit, is working closely with Xerox to create and maintain a more efficient and productive centralized print shop. This project saved millions of dollars while reducing turnaround time and print waste. Learn More
External Data Center Energy Efficiencies
IHS Markit partners with ViaWest to house our largest external data center in Denver, representing 66 percent of our data center footprint. ViaWest has many green initiatives, including being named Xcel Energy’s 2010 Cooling Efficiency Champion and leading the Rocky Mountain region in its utilization of green technology. Another 29 percent of our external data center footprint is managed by Century Link, which has received Carbon Trust Standard in 2013 for their LO6 data center that IHS Markit uses. The Carbon Trust Standard is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading certifier of organizational carbon footprint reduction.
Energy Star Certified IT Equipment
Our corporate supplier of computers is Dell, a company with a strong commitment to the environment. Currently 55 percent of our computer inventory is ENERGY STAR™ certified and any future orders will have this certification. The ENERGY STAR™ certification is tracked through our System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) system that centralizes the management of all our global workstation deployments.
One of our largest preferred airline carriers, United Airlines, is committed to leading commercial aviation in reducing their footprint in the air, on the ground, and at their facilities. Travel with United Airlines represents over 25% of all IHS Markit air travel spend.