In FY12, electricity accounted for 27% of IFC’s annual global carbon emissions from internal business operations. Not only do energy conservation efforts directly result in a reduction of IFC’s carbon emissions footprint, they also help IFC run financially efficient facilities.
Our commitment to energy conservation includes the following:
Electricity Use Reduction Target: Electricity use in IFC’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. (our largest facility at 1,138,000 gross square feet with approximately 2,700 workspaces), accounts for about 20 percent of the carbon emissions generated by IFC’s internal operations worldwide. IFC’s TARGET for the DC office is to reduce electricity use per workstation by 20% from FY08-FY15 to 5,775 kWh per workstation. This target was achieved three years ahead of schedule in FY12. In addition to achieving its per workstation target, IFC reduced absolute electricity use by 11% over the same period despite a 12% increase in workstations. A new target will be set in FY14.
LEED: In June 2010, IFC’s largest office in Washington, D.C., was awarded the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Certification for Existing Buildings by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). This is the most prestigious rating given to existing buildings for maximizing operational efficiency and minimizing environmental impacts. IFC’s DC office is the FIRST building in DC and the SECOND building nationwide to receive the Platinum rating under the revised- more rigorous- version of LEED for existing buildings (EB: O&M v3).
Energy Star: IFC’s Washington, D.C. office has been an Energy Star building 10 out of 13 years since 1999. Energy Star is a US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DOE) program that helps organizations and individuals protect the environment through improving energy efficiency. Energy Star labels are awarded to buildings that are rated in the top 25% of energy efficient buildings across the country. In FY12, it scored 94 out of 100 - up from 89 points earned in FY11.
Renewable Energy Credits (RECs): IFC’s headquarters in D.C. has been purchasing green power through the use of RECs since 2003. Since 2005, RECs have covered 100 percent of IFC’s headquarters electricity use.
IT Initiatives: Due to an initiative that began in FY08 to move data servers from physical to virtual, saving IFC electricity use per year.
IFC’s IT department is currently piloting Wake-on-LAN, which will allow IFC computers to be powered on remotely from “standby”, “hibernate” or “shutdown” modes in order to install security patches. This technology would allow all IFC computers to be powered down overnight, providing energy savings throughout our global offices.