In 2016, MetLife was proud to become the first carbon-neutral U.S.-based insurer. This accomplishment was just the first step: we achieved carbon neutrality again in 2017 and expect to continue to do so for years into the future. For MetLife, carbon neutrality involves both immediate action on climate change and a long-term transition to a low-carbon economy. We have made significant progress toward our energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals, and we continue to explore additional ways to mitigate climate change while making a positive impact on our communities around the world.
As a carbon-neutral company, our first priority is to integrate sustainability best practices across our global operations and drive continuous improvement in waste, water, energy and carbon reductions. In 2017 alone, we implemented 60 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.
To offset the greenhouse gas emissions that we cannot reduce in the short term, we support a diverse portfolio of emissions-reduction and renewable energy generation projects in countries where we operate around the world. MetLife supports six third-party certified carbon-reduction projects that empower local economies and align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, including:
- Reforestation of the Mississippi Valley in the United States
- Replacement of coal-fired stoves in China with solar-powered cookers
- Replacement of traditional hot water heaters with solar-powered ones in India
- Conservation of rainforest in Colombia
- Capture of harmful landfill gas to transform it into clean energy in upstate New York in the United States
- Transitioning from nonrenewable fuel to renewable biomass at a factory in Brazil