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Respondent CDP 2007: American Express Company

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Section A – 1 Climate Change Risks, Opportunities and Strategy
Question 1(a)(i) – Regulatory risks
<>For question state time period possible associated financial implications commercial risks does climate change present company including regulatory risks associated current and/or expected government policy climate change e g emissions limits energy efficiency standards
time company seen substantial impact result current regulation greenhouse gas emissions continue assess impact future regulations company continues actively involved reducing energy use energy conservation projects procuring energy efficient technology continual improvement facilities processes building design practices standards typically exceed local regulations looking provide environmentally favorable solutions promote energy conservation savings

 
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growing market segments served travel business eco tourism extent climate change negatively affects consumer eco tourism travel business market segment adversely affected addition climate change despoliation environment popular tourist destinations especially hurricane storm areas reduces travel sales areas company currently extensive assessment environmental practices policies programs underway (begun January 2007) Based assessment formulating additional policies metrics reduce emissions help preserve environment

 
Question 1(a)(ii) Physical risks
<>For question state time period possible associated financial implications commercial risks does climate change present company including physical risks business operations scenarios identified Intergovernmental Panel climate Change expert bodies sea level rise extreme weather events resource shortages
operations affected extreme weather events cause power outages adverse impact company’ s global communications network addition portions operation require significant human interaction anytime weather events disturb ability staff facilities impact facility itself operation impacted range severe weather (snow storms) severe natural events hurricanes Actions continually taken include limited assessing site optimal operational use having Business Continuity Disaster Recovery plans place tested regular basis designing facility contingency plans major sites operations transferred facilities states areas countries continually improving infrastructure mitigate potential impact events future site selection process consider sites lowest risk natural events able meet operational needs company considerable experience managing business difficult circumstances American Express companies response plans place crisis including specific events American Express maintains Business Continuation Plans manage increased customer needs global technology capabilities enable necessary balance service needs markets diverting volume alternate location servicing country region unavailable crisis control management core priority provide help assistance world customers crisis kind does hit regionally globally prepared assist

 
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Question 1(a)(iii) risks
<>For question state time period possible associated financial implications Apart regulatory physical risks described answers questions 1(a)(i) 1(a)(ii) commercial risks does climate change present company including shifts consumer attitude demand
customers company recognize climate change reduction greenhouse gas emissions significant global issue company currently extensive assessment environmental practices policies programs underway (begun January 2007) Based assessment developing additional policies metrics reducing emissions help preserve environment time company experienced significant risks shifts consumer attitude demand relates products services continue review potential risks company’ s businesses operations based changing attitudes climate change customers shareholders employees

 
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Question 1(b) Opportunities
<>For question state time period possible associated financial implications commercial opportunities does climate change present company existing new products services
customers interested ways companies business help preserve environment number programs place exploring consumers pursue “ green” interests enable Cardmembers Membership Rewards program donate reward points numerous environment focused charities promote use online statements reports allowing “ paper off” customers significantly reduced paper usage offer services travel insurance protects customers trip cancellations disruptions including caused extreme weather events promoting eco tourism programs packages travellers interested visiting destinations focus responsible site management site preservation exploring number additional services customers help pursue green interests associated various benefits services

 
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Question 1(c) Strategy
<>For question state time period possible associated financial implications objectives targets strategies undertaken planning manage risks opportunities detailed questions 1(a) 1(b) include adaptation physical risks
American Express currently extensive assessment environmental practices policies programs underway (begun January 2007) Based assessment developing additional policies metrics reducing emissions help preserve environment respect physical risks company continuously reviews risks opportunities regarding facilities operations including facilities’ primary emergency energy sources resilience natural events human events

 
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Question 1(d) – Reduction targets
<>What emissions reduction targets time frames achieve renewable energy energy efficiency activities undertaking manage emissions
committed reducing energy consumption emissions achieved number reductions energy usage current environmental assessment providing basis additional policies metrics designed reduce emissions manage overall environmental impact examples programs place include American Express reduced electricity use United States approximately 4 000 000 kWh 2006 reductions achieved energy initiatives extend environmental benefits far future example World Corporate Headquarters New York City approximately 50% energy reductions 2006 achieved improvements lighting systems scheduling curtailment escalator hours service modifications fan pressure controls Fort Lauderdale Florida area contributed 24% total energy reduction daylight harvesting initiative outdoor parking garage control upgrade improvements air chiller implementation air conditioning evening temperature setback controls Additional energy savings achieved lighting upgrades facilities Greensboro North Carolina (23%) Salt Lake City Utah (3%) Asian Australian markets company used Sigma Quality Program analyze energy reduction opportunity 2006 process entailed detailed review energy data 18 facilities buildings chosen pilot program implement certain solutions 2007 favorable results measured existing emission reduction strategy consists principles energy conservation waste reduction disposal sustainable use natural resources Energy conservation includes utilizing environmental design criteria facilities managing electrical peak demand monitoring tracking Waste reduction disposal includes proactive paper recycling programs air emissions pollution control medical waste proper disposal lights batteries selecting vendors environmental programs Finally sustainable use natural resources includes respecting existing trees soil wildlife construction facilities conservation open spaces water fuel conservation

 
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Section A – 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Accounting
Question 2(a)(i) – Methodology – Accounting Year
<>Please state accounting year used report GHG emissions
Financial accounting year 31 December 2006

 
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Question 2(a)(ii) – Methodology
<>Please state methodology emissions calculated
 Other 

 
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Emissions calculated reporting period

 
<>Please state reporting boundaries data provided questionnaire

 
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Question 2(a)(iii) – Methodology – External verficiation
<>Please state information provided externally verified audited
 No 

 
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Question 2(a)(iv) – Methodology – Variations emissions
<>Please provide explanation significant variations emissions year year major acquisitions divestments introduction new technologies
N/A

 
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Question 2(b) – Scope 1 Scope 2 GHG Protocol Year 1 answers
state direct indirect GHG emissions metric tonnes CO2e global Annex B countries having difficulty reporting emissions figures CO2e metric tonnes guidance answering CDP5 questionnaire available
<>Please enter accounting year used report GHG emissions details
31 December 2006

 
<>Total Global Emissions

 
<>Total Emissions Annex B countries

 
<>Scope 1 activity emissions globally

 
<>Scope 1 activity emissions Annex B

 
<>Scope 2 activity emissions globally

 
<>Scope 2 activity emissions Annex B

 
<>Please state MWh electricity purchased consumed company globally
322069788 MWh

 
<>Please state MWh electricity purchased consumed company Annex B countries
295242406 MWh

 
<>Please state percentage purchased consumed MWh electricity renewables globally

 
<>Please state percentage purchased consumed MWh electricity renewables Annex B countries

 
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 Yes 
Values purchased electricity derived regions Facilities excess 50 000 square feet minimum used reporting Approximately 87% area properties Annex B countries

 
Question 2(c) – Scope 3 GHG Protocol Year 1 answers
<>Please enter accounting year used report GHG emissions details
31 December 2006

 
<>If possible provide estimates metric tonnes CO2e following categories emissions Use/disposal company’ s products services

 
<>Your supply chain

 
<>External distribution/logisitics

 
<>Employee business travel

 
<>Other

 
<>Please provide details sources emissions entered figure "Other" box

 
<>Please provide information measurement scope 3 emissions

 
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Values estimates calculated

 
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