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CHAPTER 5

Carbon Neutrality

2 read time June 17, 2020
Carbon Neutrality

We have achieved carbon neutrality across our global corporate office portfolio, Auto & Home vehicle fleet, and employee business travel for four consecutive years.

As a carbon neutral company, our first priority is to integrate sustainability best practices across our global operations and drive continuous improvements in waste, water, energy, and carbon reductions. In 2019, we implemented numerous energy-efficiency projects at our offices around the world — such as completing lighting upgrades, setting automatic timers for electronics, installing energy-saving window coatings, and calibrating computers to low power settings. In 2019, we nearly tripled our global energy reduction target, reducing total energy consumption by 33% since 2012.

For MetLife, carbon neutrality involves taking both immediate action on climate change and navigating a long-term transition to a low-carbon economy.

To offset the GHG emissions that we cannot reduce in the short term, we support third-party certified carbon reduction projects in markets where we operate around the world. Each project also helps empower local economies. Projects include:

  • Reforestation of the Mississippi Valley in the U.S.
  • Replacement of coal-fired stoves in China with solar-powered cookers (see story below).
  • Replacement of traditional hot water heaters with solar-powered ones in India.
  • Conservation of rainforest in Colombia.

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