We are in an industry with extensive climate-related risk. Therefore, we believe it is in the best interest for the world and for our business to reduce our environmental footprint. Beyond reducing cost for our operations, we avoid contributing to the very issue we are attempting to mitigate through our responsible investment and public policy efforts.
We are in an industry with extensive climate-related risk. Therefore, we believe it is in the best interest for society and for our business to reduce our environmental footprint. Beyond reducing cost for our operations, we avoid contributing to the very issue we are attempting to mitigate through our responsible investment and public policy efforts.
Today, energy and waste reduction efforts are table stakes for sound stakeholder relationships. By demonstrating stewardship of the earth, Allstate nurtures its reputation as an environmentally and socially responsible company while enabling greater opportunities for our business and our stakeholders.
Reducing Allstate’s own energy consumption and associated emissions; increasing the use of renewable sources of energy; reducing and properly disposing of waste, including composting and recycling.
In 2010, Allstate set a goal to achieve a 20 percent energy-use reduction (absolute) against our 2007 baseline by the year 2020. Thanks to efforts across the enterprise, we surpassed this goal six years early, in 2014.
From Food to Fertilizer
The SOMAT machine has zero environmental impact and saves more than 18 tons of food from ending up in landfills each year.
In 2010, Allstate set a goal to achieve a 20 percent energy-use reduction (absolute) against our 2007 baseline by the year 2020. Thanks to efforts across the enterprise, we surpassed this goal six years early, in 2014. Allstate is in the process of evaluating a next generation target, to be set in 2018.
In the meantime, we continue to reduce consumption by consolidating office space, recapturing heat energy as a by-product of Allstate’s data center operations and optimizing the use of energy efficient equipment and systems. Examples of this include HVAC equipment and controls, reduced-lighting power density designs and daylight harvesting in Allstate’s offices. In early 2016, we replaced two chillers at our headquarters in Northbrook, IL, which increased energy efficiency and cut operational costs.
The trend toward consolidating our office space into fewer, larger locations continued in 2016, creating more efficient utilization of space across our owned and leased building portfolios. For more on how our claims practices are transforming our business model, see our Claims and Product Innovation section.
Direct GHG Emissions (Scope 1)
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Energy indirect GHG emissions (Scope 2, location-based)
Other indirect GHG emissions (Scope 3)
At Allstate’s corporate headquarters in Northbrook, IL, we recycle PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic bottles, aluminum, lightbulbs, metal scrap and paper. In addition to Allstate’s recycling program, we manage waste through bottling stations, cafeteria waste dehydration and pulping, paperless business solutions, and secure shredding.
Water Fountains and Bottling Stations
More than two million tons of disposable water bottles sit in U.S. landfills. To reduce the use of disposable water bottles, several years ago we launched an enterprise-wide bottling station program. Employees fill up their bottles with filtered tap water at bottling stations rather than purchasing disposable water bottles. Allstate maintains 230 bottling stations across our facilities.
Reducing Employee Cafeteria Waste
In 2013, the U.S. generated more than 37 million tons of food waste, 21 percent of our solid waste generated. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that Americans discarded more than a third of all food produced in 2010.
Because food requires substantial resources to produce, discarding it wastes not only the food itself, but the resources that contributed to its production. Additionally, once food reaches the landfill, it begins to decompose producing methane, a greenhouse gas that has an impact on the climate 25 times greater than CO2.
To lessen our impact on this international issue we installed a food pulper and dehydrator at our headquarters. The pulper grinds food waste which we then feed through the dehydrator system. After we process the food waste, only five percent of the volume remains. Rich in nutrients, this dehydrated waste serves as a rich soil amendment for our campus landscaping. Our home office cafeteria, which is also our largest, has been zero-waste since 2015.
Paper is Allstate’s largest source of potential waste. To this end, we have implemented numerous reduction initiatives.
We have a Print Optimization and Paperless Task Force that is comprised of business unit leaders from across the company. The team monitors and tracks employee and customer printing and paper use and works with the enterprise communications team to run employee awareness campaigns on the operational and ecological costs of printing.
We make every effort to keep documents in electronic form. However, when dealing with confidential documents, this is not always possible so Allstate maintains a secure shred program where paper documents are shredded and recycled.
We also encourage transitioning to electronic forms of customer communications to help cut costs and reduces both our footprint and our customers’ footprint. Allstate currently has three paperless initiatives available to our customers: eSignature, ePolicy and eBill. Customers can sign up for these free services through My Account, our online customer self-service hub.
Customer Paperless Initiatives (% usage)
Allstate understands increased severity and frequency of weather events and natural catastrophes affects the cost and frequency of our customers’ claims arising from droughts, flooding, hurricanes, forest fires, wildfires and rising sea levels.