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Energy and Emissions

Electricity consumption currently comprises over 90% of Discover's direct carbon footprint. As we formalize our environmental commitments, we will focus on reducing Discover’s energy consumption and carbon footprint in our operations.

Our next steps include establishing a target for net zero direct carbon emissions and increasing our overall energy efficiency by adopting renewable energy sources. As part of our near-term research and planning, we have also joined the Clean Energy Buyers Association and are evaluating a portfolio of options to reduce or offset our carbon emissions.

More Sustainable Facilities

We’re committed to facilities that build a more sustainable, low-carbon future for our customers, our communities, and our planet.

  • We’re replacing end-of-life equipment using energy-efficient and cost-effective technology.
  • As of December 31, 2021, we control the operations of ten buildings totaling approximately 2.7MM square feet. One of those building is LEED certified, and renovations on seven others have been built to LEED standards. We are considering LEED certification for all our major sites.
  • We have implemented lighting solutions to lower energy use among our facilities. In 2018-19, we retrofitted lighting fixtures at our Lake Park, Utah, and Phoenix, Arizona, locations. We achieved 90% LED lighting at our Ohio location by replacing over 11,000 bulbs with LEDs.
  • Almost all our facilities received WELL Health-Safety ratings, which focuses on addressing a post-COVID-19 environment as well as broader health and safety-related issues.
  • All office paper needs are fulfilled by suppliers using Sustainable Forestry Initiative certified sources. And we're finalizing opportunities to source sustainable paper for customer correspondence.

* Our workforce was mostly remote for 9 out of 12 months in 2020, and all 12 months in 2021. Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from owned or controlled sources and include combustibles from furnaces, boilers and company vehicles as well as refrigerants used in coolers and HVAC applications. Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from the purchase of electricity we consume. Scope 3 emissions are the result of activities from assets not owned or controlled by the organization, but that the organization indirectly impacts in its value chain (such as business travel). We currently do not capture or report Scope 3 emissions, but will reassess that position in the future.

Two-year utility use

Utility - Water

  • 2020*: 92.3M Gallons
  • 2021*: 67.2M Gallons

Utility - Electricity

  • 2020*: 80.8M kWh
  • 2021*: 81.8M kWh

* Our workforce was mostly remote for 9 out of 12 months in 2020, and all 12 months in 2021. Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from owned or controlled sources and include combustibles from furnaces, boilers and company vehicles as well as refrigerants used in coolers and HVAC applications. Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from the purchase of electricity we consume. Scope 3 emissions are the result of activities from assets not owned or controlled by the organization, but that the organization indirectly impacts in its value chain (such as business travel). We currently do not capture or report Scope 3 emissions, but will reassess that position in the future.

GHG & Utility Data

(metric tons of CO2 emissions)

Scope 1 - Stationary Combustion

  • 2020: 1,121
  • 2021: 1,109

Scope 1 - Mobile Combustion

  • 2020: 33
  • 2021: 44

Scope 1 - Fugitive emissions from air-conditioning

  • 2020: 526
  • 2021: 793

Total Scope 1

  • 2020: 1,680
  • 2021: 1,946

Scope 2 - Purchased electricity (location)

  • 2020: 38,487
  • 2021: 38,807

Scope 2 - Purchased heat and steam

  • 2020: -
  • 2021: -

Total Scope 2

  • 2020: 38,487
  • 2021: 38,807

Scope 1 + Scope 2

  • 2020: 40,167
  • 2021: 40,753