IHS Markit Corporate Sustainability

Environment - Reducing our environmental impact in our operations and supply chain

Environmental sustainability at IHS Markit includes efforts to minimize our environmental impact and identify areas for improvement in our operations and in our communities. We make choices that help to reduce waste and our carbon footprint, increase operational efficiency and enable our colleagues to support a healthy planet. This means we go beyond simply compliance with environmental regulations, and instead, strive for leadership and innovation throughout our business. As a professional services company, our impacts are largely due to office and data center operations, travel and our supply chain. Therefore, we are committed to incorporation of sustainable design in new projects and remodels, and further, are investing in LEED certified or equivalent certifications. We are also committed to consolidating our data centers, increasing virtualization and increasing transparency across all aspects of our supply chain.

As part of our commitment to Climate Action, IHS Markit signed on to the RE100 in 2017, with a commitment to Renewable Energy by 2020, and joining in the We Mean Business coalition of companies committed to Climate Action. IHS Markit reports into the CDP annually, and we continue to pursue opportunities through environmental efforts that advance progress in support of Sustainable Development goals #7-Affordable Energy, #12-Responsible Consumption, #13-Climate Action, #14-Life Below Water and #15-Life on Land.

Our Energy Impact

In support of our IHS Markit Sustainability Policy and our commitment to the Climate Action Goal of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, our goal is to reduce our environmental impact and increase the energy efficiency of our office spaces.  We have signed on to RE100, committing to sourcing 100 percent of electricity from renewable energy by 2020. Through its RE100 commitment, IHS Markit is now part of the We Mean Business coalition of more than 700 companies and investors committed to climate action.

2016 Highlights (compared to 2015)

In 2016, IHS Markit also generated 509 metrics tons of scope 1, direct greenhouse gas (DGHG), emissions (a 14 percent reduction when normalized for revenue). 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.

Managing our Resources

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 140001 certifications.

2016 Highlights

  • Generated 497 Metric Tons Landfill, 345 Metric Tons Recycled and 40 Metric Tons of E-waste
  • 88% of offices (+11 percentage points from 2012) reported single-stream recycling
  • Recycled more than 20 metric tons of personal colleague E-waste (since 2012)
  • Donated >700 items of older corporate IT equipment to non-profits (since 2012)
  • Colleague-to-Printer ratio of 24 (20 percent improvement since 2015)
  • 77% of our offices reported using certified or at least 30% post-consumer waste (PCW) paper (+12 percentage points since 2012)
  • Our IHS Markit Houndsditch office received the Platinum Award in the City of London Clean City Awards for their best practices in waste and recycling as well as their methods for engaging colleagues
  • As the City of Calgary made on-site recycling mandatory, the IHS Markit Calgary office was featured in the news as a business community leader for their extensive recycling program that even includes compost
  • Check out more recognition that our offices have achieved and our Live Green snapshots from colleagues volunteering their time for the environment
  • Check out our internal business functions scorecards to see our progress towards sustainable design, green travel suppliers, sustainable events and occupancy agreements

Partnering for Green with our Customers and Supply Chain

Truly helping to create a more sustainable world means making mindful choices and working with our vendors and customers 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 and how our IHS Markit capabilities advance and provide insight on environmental issues.

EcoDesk Supply Chain Greening

IHS Markit participates in the Ecodesk, 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 Centers

We estimate that 42% of our data center footprint is sourced by renewable energy or has been recognized for carbon reduction or energy efficiency: ViaWest has been recognized as Xcel Energy’s 2010 Cooling Efficiency Champion & for leading the Rocky Mountain region in its utilization of green technology; Century Link which has received Carbon Trust Standard in 2013 for their LO6 data center that IHS Markit uses; Equinix maintains 100% renewable energy in Europe for the data center we use in London and Amsterdam.

Energy Star Certified IT Equipment

Our corporate supplier of computers is Dell, a company with a strong commitment to the environment. Currently over 50 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.

Flying Greener

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.

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