WSP Environment & Energy is the first business in the world to provide an online personal carbon management scheme for it’s staff. Designed by WSP Digital, the scheme, called PACT, is now used as online service by clients globally. Current subscribers include Cisco Systems UK, The Petroleum Institute and Invensys Rail.
Personal carbon management covers carbon emissions at home and leisure. So it includes home energy consumption, the commute to and from work, and personal travel. Staff are provided with an interactive guide to track and measure their carbon emission impacts across these categories.
PACT is an online service that allows your organisation and staff to quickly and easily profile home and leisure aspects. Details are captured quarterly and are converted to a CO2 usage metric. PACT provides an easily understandable breakdown of contributing factors to CO2 emissions, educating staff in what aspects of their lifestyle are key contributors.
It’s that simple.
It’s a voluntary opt-in programme. PACT staff profiles are kept private and confidential for each employee.
At the end of the programme, the employer can be provided with total CO2 emissions for each participating staff member, which is can then used to administer an incentive scheme.The service supports a wide variety of employee incentive schemes.
WSP set the carbon cap at 4.5 tonnes and the reward scheme at 5 cents per kilo, up to a threshold of $100. At year end, staff who have used more than their fair share of carbon pay into the scheme, up to a maximum of $100. Staff who are under the set allowance receive a bonus payment at the same rate.
Many staff opted to pass their bonus payment for coming under the threshold to a ‘green’ related charity.The ‘fines’ that were collected from staff who exceeded their threshold also went to this nominated charity.
PACT is a great practical and tangible way to demonstrate to staff that you’re thinking green and giving them a framework to help manage and understand their own impacts. WSP’s experience shows that it works. WSP’s staff on average reduced their carbon footprint by 10% last year participating in the scheme.
WSP’s own Managing Director Stuart McLachlan, cut his carbon footprint by buying a bike, cycling to work and installing energy-saving lightbulbs.
WSP started PACT in 2007 with 80 voluntary participants.This year WSP has 800 employees worldwide using PACT.
Last year’s participants have been universally positive about the scheme in our business.They have learned about their personal carbon impacts and many have reduced their emissions.
Some staff told WSP that PACT was one of the reasons they joined the company – they wanted to work for a company that was really taking positive steps on the environment, and doing this in an engaging and different way.
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