Commitment to achieving Net Zero

CDW Limited is committed to achieving Net Zero emissions by 2040.

Baseline Emissions Reporting

Baseline emissions are a record of the greenhouse gases that have been produced in the past and were produced prior to the introduction of any strategies to reduce emissions.  Baseline emissions are the reference point against which emissions reduction can be measured.

Baseline Year:


Covering Period:

From 01/01/20 to 31/12/20

Additional Details relating to the Baseline Emissions calculations

As per the GHG Protocol and requirements of the PPN 06/21 the CDW Limited carbon footprint baseline and subsequent reduction plan have been developed using the financial consolidation approach.
The period used for the baseline is 2020.  However, due to the pandemic CDW wish to highlight 2020 is an abnormal year, with areas such as office energy consumption, business travel and commute to work impacted by the COVID19 pandemic.  CDW has subsequently extrapolated Q1 data levels across the remaining 9 months to provide an accurate expected level of emissions across the baseline year.  

CDW’s CRP in line with PPN06/21 includes data in addition to that reported for the SECR, ensuring a stated position that fully reflects the requirements of the procurement policy note.

  • Scope 1: Direct GHG emissions from owned or controlled sources
  • Scope 2: Indirect GHG emissions from the generation of purchased electricity, steam, heating, and cooling
  • Scope 3: Fuel & energy-related activities
  • Scope 3: Upstream transportation and distribution
  • Scope 3: Waste generated in operations
  • Scope 3: Business Travel
  • Scope 3: Employee Commuting
  • Scope 3: Downstream transportation and distribution

Total Baseline Year Emissions:

2789.3 tCO2e

Scope 1:

272.3 tCO2e

Scope 2:

655.4 tCO2e

Scope 3:

Category 3 - Fuel & energy-related activities

56.0 tCO2e

Category 4 - Upstream Transportation & Distribution

39.3 tCO2e

Category 5 - Waste Generated In Operations

168.0 tCO2e

Category 6 - Business Travel

938.3 tCO2e

Category 7 - Employee Commuting

576.0 tCO2e

Category 9 - Downstream Transport & Distribution

84.0 tCO2e


1861.6 tCO2e


Emissions Reduction Targets

In order to continue our progress to achieving Net Zero, we have adopted the following carbon reduction targets:

  • Implement certified ISO50001 by ESOS Phase 4 (2027).
  • 100% of electricity and natural gas consumed by CDW in its own buildings to be certified green energy by 2022 and within buildings where we are tenants by 2027.
  • Reduce our plastic based pack-fill by 80% by 2030.
  • Install electric charging points at our Peterborough and Rugby campuses by 2022
  • Introduce fully electric site vehicles by 2023 and all fleet to be self-charging hybrid vehicles, as a minimum, by 2025.
  • Increase hybrid working for office coworker reducing commute to work emissions by 60% by 2022.
  • Collaborate with our vendor and distributor partners to support their 0% non-recyclable packaging to landfill objective by 2040.
  • By 2040 only use logistics suppliers who have >90% electric vehicles.
  • Improve the granularity of unit specific carbon footprint and logistics carbon offset schemes in place.

We project that carbon emissions will decrease over the next five years to 1,978tCO2e by 2025.  Representing a reduction of 29%.

Progress against these targets can be seen in the below:


Carbon Reduction Projects

Completed Carbon Reduction Initiatives

The following environmental management measures and projects have been completed or implemented since the 2020 baseline.  The carbon emission reduction achieved by these schemes equate to 371.5tCO2e, a 13%.  Reduction against the 2020 baseline and the measures will be in effect when performing the contract.

Current Energy Reduction Initiatives:

  • Certifications and Accreditations:
    • We maintain an accredited ISO 14001 Environmental Management system covering the entire scope of our business.

  • The following sites that we own/reside hold BREEAM and/or have certified Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin (REGO) certificates:

    • Peterborough – 70.8% (Excellent), REGO
    • Rugby – 56% (Very Good), REGO
    • One New Change London – 66% (Very Good), REGO
    • Huntingdon - REGO
  • Water – Peterborough currently has a rainwater harvesting solution in place, providing a 50,000-gallon tank for non-drinking water requirements.
  • Waste in warehouse operations – All our sites have recycling in place with ongoing work with our partners to reduce the amount of non-recyclable packaging to landfill.   We are also currently investigating ways to reduce our plastic based packfill.
  • Removal of single use plastic cups and bottles at CDW UK Basingstoke and Manchester campuses. An approach previously executed at CDW UK NDC, Huntingdon, London Head Office and Peterborough Services Centre
  • CDW Peterborough Services Centre car park was refitted with lamppost fittings replaced with LED lights, generating a large saving in the usage of electricity.
  • CDW UK Peterborough Services Centre internal light change, (3 floors, 30,000sqft) moving to LED lights with daylight savings and sensors
  • Installation of Solar PV and Solar Hot Water along with daylight controls for lighting, reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions

In the future we hope to implement further measures including, but not limited to:

  • Certifications and Accreditations:
    • We maintain an accredited ISO 14001 Environmental Management system
    • Gain ISO50001 Energy Management System by 2027
  • Water: Review the potential for further rainwater harvesting at our campus locations.
  • Waste in operations:
    • Work with our vendor and distribution partners to further reduce the volume of non-recyclable packaging to landfill to 0% by 2040
    • Reduce our plastic based packfill by 80% by 2030

  • Employee Commute – Following the pandemic we are currently reviewing our hybrid working models to increase hybrid working for our office coworkers this involves the following:
    • Increase hybrid working for office coworkers reducing commute to work emissions by 60% by 2022
    • Monitor, report and offset with green energy, homeworker generated consumption by 2025
    • Further incentivise our existing cycle to work scheme
  • Our Fleet Vehicles and Business Travel – Where possible we are reducing the amount of business travel we undertake as we find a post pandemic ‘new normal’.  In addition to this we are:
    • Installing electric charging points at all CDW campus locations where permitted.  In the current year (2021) this includes Peterborough and Rugby.

  • Upstream and Downstream Transport & Distribution – Work with our supply chain, in the first instance, to improve the granularity and specific carbon footprint reporting of our transported products.  This will enable more accurate data and a more targeted approach to managing and reducing this subset of scope 3 emissions.
  • GGR Offsetting – Although every effort will be made to avoid, reduce, and substitute emissions in adherence with the Netzero principles and guidance we acknowledge that there will come a point where purchasing approved offsets will enable us to reach our Netzero target.

Declaration and Sign Off

This Carbon Reduction Plan has been completed in accordance with PPN 06/21 and associated guidance and reporting standard for Carbon Reduction Plans.

Emissions have been reported and recorded in accordance with the published reporting standard for Carbon Reduction Plans and the GHG Reporting Protocol corporate standard and uses the appropriate Government emission conversion factors for greenhouse gas company reporting.

Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions have been reported in accordance with SECR requirements, and the required subset of Scope 3 emissions have been reported in accordance with the published reporting standard for Carbon Reduction Plans and the Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard.

This Carbon Reduction Plan has been reviewed and signed off by the board of directors (or equivalent management body).

Signed on behalf of CDW Limited




Name: J.D Hupp


Title: Managing Director CDW UK & International 


Date:  30th September 2021