•  67%

    WASTE

  •  46%

    ENERGY USE

  •  79%

    PAPER CONSUMPTION

In the U.S., we welcome one person every 13 seconds into our country (taking birth, mortality and migration figures into account)¹. We act to help preserve the earth’s resources to support that growth through impactful initiatives, greening our supply chain, minimizing our operational impact, and raising environmental awareness among our 6,700 employees.

GHG electricity emissions offset

126%

In 2017, we completed a third-party verification of our 2016 environmental performance data. As a result of this review, we changed the GHG emissions tool we use to calculate and convert figures to the EPA Simplified GHG Emissions Calculator (SGEC) version 4. As such, we recalculated 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and our benchmark year 2007 data under Scope 2 GHG emissions to ensure consistency in formulas and reporting. We also expanded the scope and accuracy of our reporting in this report to include fleet miles under Scope 1 and our calculated/non-metered1 electricity use from field office locations in our total electricity consumption under Scope 2.

Paper
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Paper

  2007 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Paper Used (Tons)

558

201

164

169

144

116

Paper Used
(sheets in millions)

111.5

40.2

32.7

33.8

28.8

23.1

Paper Reduction (%)

N/A

64

71

70

74

79

Waste and Recycling
2013-2017 vs 2007 Benchmark
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Waste and Recycling2

  2007 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Waste to Landfill (Tons)

1080

411

387

407

367*

354

  Percent reduction3

N/A

62%

64%

62%

66%

67%

Waste Recycled (Tons)

748

638

691

681

641*

854

  Electronic waste diverted

119

51

45

41

28

41

Total Waste (Tons)

1,828

1,049

1,078

1,088

1008*

1,208

  Percent reduction2,3,4

N/A

43%

41*%

40*%

45*%

34%

  % to Landfill

59%

39%

36%

37%

361%

29%

  % Recycled

41%

61%

64%

63%

64*%

71%

*This figure is restated as a result of the 2018 assurance process.

GHG Emissions (CO2e metric tonnes)
2013-2017 vs 2007 Benchmark
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GHG Emissions (CO2e metric tonnes)4

  2007 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Scope 1 Fossil Fuel CO2e

1,568

643

601

529

550

566

Scope 1 Fleet Cars CO2e

NR6

NR6

934

895

809

681

Scope 1 NetJet

NR6

NR6

NR6

NR6

83

111

Subtotal Scope 1 (CO2e)

1,568

643

1,535

1,424

1,442

1,357

Scope 2 Electric Use Major Offices (Metered CO2e)

28,321

18,871

18,590

18,43

18,331

15,546

Scope 2 Electric Use Field Offices (Calculated/non-metered CO2e)7

5,744

3,483

3,423

4,032

4,025

2,624

Scope 2 Steam (CO2e)

1,076

289

345

295

304

267

Total Scope 2 (CO2e)

35,141

22,643

22,358

22,759

22,660

18,437

Total Scope 1 & 2 (CO2e)

36,709

23,286

23,893

24,183

24,102

19,794

Scope 3 Business Air Miles

8,790

4,539

4,721

5,764

6,048

5,507

Scope 3 Personal Car Miles

2,437

1,160

1,049

1,043

1,059

914

Scope 3 Rental Car Miles

NR6

422

382

399

384

339

Scope 3 Waste8

375

143

134

141

127

123

Total Scope 3 (CO2e)

11,602

6,262

6,286

7,347

7,619

6,883

Total Business Emissions (CO2e)

48,311

29,548

30,179

31,531

31,721

26,677

Scope 1 & 2 GHG Intensity by Revenue (CO2e per dollar)

.0000000034

.0000000026

.0000000020

.0000000020

.0000000022

.0000000023

Scope 1 & 2 GHG Intensity by Headcount (CO2e per person)

.0035

.0022

.0026

.0026

.0029

.0023

Energy Usage and Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) (megawatts)
2013-2017 vs 2007 Benchmark
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Energy Usage and Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) (megawatts)

  2007 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Scope 2 Electric Use Major Offices (Metered MWh)

60,126

36,787

36,347

36,167

35,900

34,558

Scope 2 Electric Use Field Offices (Calculated/non-metered MWh)

8,195

7,049

6,825

8,319

7,362

5,396

Total Scope 2 Electricity Use (MWh)

68,321

43,836

43,172

44,486

43,262

39,955

Scope 2 Steam (MWh) 

4749

1275

1,523

1,300

1,340

1,177

Scope 1 Energy from Natural Gas & Diesel Fuel (MWh)

8,653

3,492

3,270

2,861

3,043

3,064

Total Energy Use (MWh)

81723

48,604

47,964

48,647

47,645

44,196

Total Energy Reductions

81.72GWh

-41%

-41%

-40%

-42%

-46%

RECs Purchased

62,690

46,354

43,214

49,389

50,194

50,194

Percentage of Total Electric Emissions Offset

92%

106%

100%

111%

116%

126%

Energy Intensity by Revenue (MWh per dollar)

0.00000751
0.00000552
0.00000432
0.00000429
0.00000442
0.00000513

Energy Intensity by Headcount (MWh per person)

7.803

4.808

5.668

5.496

5.634

5.190

Voya Becomes Carbon Neutral

In 2017, as part of our strategy to measure and manage the environmental impacts of our business operations, we became carbon neutral for scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Operating at the level termed carbon neutral means that an institution has net zero emissions from greenhouse gases. For 2017, we purchased renewable energy certificates (RECs) from NextEra for indirect emissions equal to 100 percent of our electricity use (scope 2) and purchased offsets from Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) to compensate for unavoidable direct emissions from natural gas, steam and fleet car use (scope 1). Additionally, since 2007, through real estate portfolio management and energy efficiency programs, we have reduced our scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 46 percent.

1 United States Census Bureau U.S. and World Population Clock

2 Actual data represents 63 percent of our real estate portfolio on average; no inclusion of estimated waste data.

3 Reductions and increases reported against 2007 baseline year.

4 Figures include electronic waste (tons) totals.

5 Protocol used: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Center for Corporate Climate Leadership Simplified GHG Emissions Calculator.

6 NR means not reported.

7 Utilizing the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) formula for 2017 field office locations.

8 Protocol used: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Waste Reduction Model (WARM).