2009: Committing To Carbon Neutrality
Goldman Sachs Committed to Be Carbon Neutral
In 2009, we announced our commitment to reduce our carbon emissions to zero by 2020, standing with our clients and stakeholders in our global efforts to address climate change. This new target built on our initial commitment to reduce carbon emissions from our leased and owned offices by 7 percent by 2012 from our 2005 baseline. In 2015, we expedited our commitment to start going carbon neutral from 2015 onwards for both our operations and business travel.
Additional Milestone - Goldman Sachs Opened Its LEED Gold-Certified Global Headquarters
In 2009, we opened our high-performance global headquarters, designed to promote clean energy, conserve resources and have a positive impact on the people that work within our walls. In 2010, 200 West Street achieved gold certification with Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) and became one of the largest commercial real estate properties in the world, covering more than 2.1 million square feet. Today, more than 50 percent of our global real estate portfolio, equal to more than 5.4 million square feet, is LEED-certified. Our green building portfolio extends to ten different countries, with eight additional projects targeted for LEED certification from the United States Green Building Council or an international equivalent.