Sustainability

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Sustainability

At Perspecta, we are committed to improving the communities in which we live and work—and we know that a commitment like that, starts at home. That’s why we have developed a sustainability program that focuses on reducing waste and promoting efficiency in all of our offices with a goal of continuously reducing our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on an ongoing basis; and an absolute goal of reducing GHG by 35% from 2018 to 2023.

Our real estate footprint is continuously examined for consolidation and closure opportunities to support our total reduction targets. Additionally, our program focuses on energy saving activities, reducing paper consumption by limiting printing options, recycling and “green leasing” and/or LEED certification.

In developing our sustainability program, we established a baseline of our carbon footprint by determining what amount of carbon dioxide equivalent we contribute to the environment. The emissions were generated via fuel used by equipment under our management and directly consumed and billed to Perspecta, such as heating and cooling equipment for real estate in which we occupy, and company owned or leased vehicles. To read Perspecta's environment, health and safety policy, click here

Total energy consumption for real estate in calendar year 2020 was measured as 45,000 Megawatt-hour (MWh). Our 2019 emissions are captured below, with 2020 computations underway.
 

 Emission source  Metric tons
 Scope 1 (natural gas):  48.38
 Scope 2 (electricity):  16,163.37
 Scope 3 (air travel):  22,371.18
 Vehicle:    188.77

 

 

 

 2018* metric tons  2019 metric tons  2023 metric tons
 39,767.90  38,771.70  25,849

 

 

*Data annualized over a 12-month period

At Perspecta, we are actively working towards the ISO 14001 checklist of standards and launched an Environmental Management System in June of 2020. We utilize an Environmental, Health and Safety Management System Manual (EHSSM) designed and operated by the Real Estate, Supply Chain and Procurement (RESCP) team which provides the scope, policies, quality objectives, governance, resources, responsibilities and authorities supporting the implementation and core processes of the Environmental, Health and Safety Management System.

Energy and water conservation


In our facilities, LEDs are procured in all new office build outs to reduce energy consumption. Perspecta’s newly designed headquarters was constructed with LED density that is 40% below the required code level. We continue to install low-flow water devices across new office builds and replace existing devices with low-flow models as needed. Our offices also have set point temperatures ranging between 70 and 74 degrees for heating and cooling to reduce energy consumption.

To support reduced transportation and fuel consumption, vehicle emissions and paper consumption, as well as improve the quality of work life balance for Perspecta staff, we implemented a work from home policy which supports flexible remote working environments.

Waste management and recycling


On an annual basis, we survey major building landlords and partner with them to support waste management and recycling programs of non-hazardous waste. We also work with our landlords and encourage planned future implementation of various sustainability programs in our buildings. 

Climate change


As a mission services, digital transformation and enterprise operations company, we proactively work to understand the effects and impact our business has on the climate. Our carbon impact primarily consists of electricity consumption in our data center space—which is largely transforming to a cloud environment—and our leased real estate portfolio of office space.

In alignment with our sustainability program, Perspecta focuses on reducing energy usage through our environmental efficiency initiatives, “green leasing” and other conservation and recycling-based programs. We actively work to identify, assess and manage climate-related changes and risks in accordance with the recommendations made by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). TCFD provides a framework that aligns our governance of climate risks and opportunities as identified by our board of directors, strategy planning, scenario and risk criteria rating and management, and targets and next steps.

Scenarios and the risk rating process are analyzed on business-as-usual and 2-degree Celsius scenario frameworks. The business-as-usual scenario considers a worst-case future where GHG emissions and global warming continue to increase. The 2-degree scenario considers the control of GHG emissions under the Paris Climate Agreement to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius by 2100.

Climate risks that can impact our business, strategy and financial planning include extreme weather and temperatures which can disrupt our facility and data center operations or lead to additional financial costs associated with adding or maintaining existing cooling equipment. We consider the changes to policy and noncompliance with energy regulations as short-term, low risks. All risks are assessed on a weighted rating scale from 1 to 5, with a 5 resulting in the highest financial and operational exposure to our organization. Any considerations of high-impact climate risks (5) are to be reported to the board of directors and managed accordingly.

Risk Scenario Impact
  • Increases in operational and capital costs
  • Higher than average temperatures
  • Increased costs to add or maintain cooling equipment and HVAC controls
  • Disruptions to service
  • Extreme weather service disruptions
  • Loss of service and disruption to operations that support data centers and contractual obligations
  • Policy and regulatory compliance
  • Noncompliance with changes to carbon and energy regulations
  • Limitations on bid submissions for government contracts in areas where requirements are not met