Paris, 19 September 2016 – Sopra Steria, a European leader in digital transformation, has obtained CarbonNeutral® certification for the operation of its premises (office space) in 2015. This adds to the two existing CarbonNeutral® certifications for its Data Centres and business travel. This certification has been awarded by Natural Capital Partners, in line with the requirements of The CarbonNeutral Protocol – the global standard for carbon neutral programmes. Achieving triple certification demonstrates the Group's commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its activities and to offer services to its clients that support a low carbon economy.

Since its first publication in 2002, The CarbonNeutral Protocol has been updated every year to reflect scientific and industry best practice for certifying claims of net zero carbon emissions. CarbonNeutral® certification demonstrates Sopra Steria's continued commitment to its environmental policy and the use of carbon finance to build low carbon sustainable development around the world. The Group’s voluntary and innovative environmental strategy is based on four priority action areas: business travel, computing infrastructure and resources, premises management and waste management.

The Group has set itself the target of a 15% reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, from a 2014 base year. The initiatives implemented in 2015 have already produced a 4% reduction. In addition, the Group's efforts have increased the share of renewable energy to 20.4% across all electrical consumption and to 50.3% across all Data Centres, which has cut emissions by an amount equivalent to more than 12,500 tonnes of CO2.

For its premises, Sopra Steria gives priority to buildings which meet the following new standards: RT 2012, BBC (Low-Energy House), HQE® (High Quality Environmental) and BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology).

Carbon offsetting to support renewable energy projects

In addition to these internal initiatives, Sopra Steria purchases carbon credits from high quality emission reduction projects to reduce its remaining emissions to net zero, and achieve CarbonNeutral® certification. Through these projects, Sopra Steria is supporting the growth of renewable energy capacity in India – a strategic operational location for the business.

"The programmes we are implementing reduce and offset our environmental footprint and are an integral part of our environmental sustainability strategy. Our target is to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by 2020. Through our partnership with Natural Capital Partners, the carbon credits we have purchased provide vital funds to innovative renewable energy projects and enable us to achieve CarbonNeutral® status," says Siva Niranjan, Sopra Steria’s Head of Environmental Sustainability. 

 
About Sopra Steria Sopra Steria

Sopra Steria, a European leader in digital transformation, provides one of the most comprehensive portfolios of end-to-end service offerings on the market: consulting, systems integration, software development, infrastructure management and business process services. Sopra Steria is trusted by leading private and public-sector organisations to deliver successful transformation programmes that address their most complex and critical business challenges. Combining high quality and performance services, added value and innovation, Sopra Steria enables its clients to make the best use of digital technology. With over 38,000 employees in more than 20 countries, Sopra Steria had revenue of €3.6 billion in 2015. For more information, visit us at www.soprasteria.com 

About Natural Capital Partners

Natural Capital Partners works with clients to combine business success with positive impact on the environment and society. Through understanding the specific goals of its clients, and collaborating with a global network of projects and partners, the company delivers solutions and finance which support the transition to renewable energy, protect and restore biodiversity, and enables low carbon solutions to reach scale and deliver impact. Natural Capital Partners has more than 300 clients in 34 countries and delivers products and services for carbon, energy, water, biodiversity and communities in direct operations, consumer markets and supply chains – the world’s natural capital. For more information, visit us at www.naturalcapitalpartners.com  

Contacts

Sopra Steria: Jennifer Lansman, +33 (0)1 34 88 68 68, jennifer.lansman@soprasteria.com

La Nouvelle Agence: Irina Gudina, +33 (0)1 83 81 71 40, irina@lanouvelle-agence.com