The American headquarters of the global auditing and advisory giant Ernst & Young (E&Y) have been refitted with dramatically more eco-friendly lighting systems, it has been revealed.
The refit forms part of a broader plan to reduce the levels of CO2 emissions for which the firm is responsible and it is expected to make huge inroads to that end. Indeed, the more energy efficient lighting systems should use close to three million fewer kilowatt hours annually than the system it replaces.
As well as cutting its carbon footprint, E&Y’s lighting refit will effectively halve its annual energy bill in New York and significantly improve its credentials as a environmentally responsible business. The scale of the refit was considerable to say the least with its offices in Manhattan covering close to 650,000 square feet of useable space.
“Reducing the carbon footprint of our office space is part of our firm-wide strategy to reduce our environmental footprint as our business grows,” explained Leisha John, EY’s director of environmental sustainability in the Americas.
“In fact, by the end of 2013, we plan to have a majority of our employees working in LEED and or Energy Star certified space.”
Savings resulting from the lighting refit through reduced energy costs are expected to be worth close to $1 million (£640,000) on an annual basis. There are around 580,000 people employed by EY at its headquarters in New York.
EY has some 695 offices in 140 countries worldwide, including right across Europe and Asia. Its global headquarters are in London and it employs roughly 150,000 people in all.