Autodesk Reduces Carbon Emissions 34 Percent in Last Four Years

Categories: People & Culture


By 2050, the world’s population is forecasted to climb to 9 billion, putting significant pressure on the planet and its resources. Autodesk is working to foster a world in which 9 billion people can live well within the limits of the planet. Autodesk contributes to this effort by offering the best software to design sustainable solutions to these problems; leading by example in the way we operate in a socially and environmentally responsible way; and by educating and empowering the next generation of designers, engineers and companies addressing the concerns of a world of 9 billion.

Today, Autodesk published its fifth sustainability report, which examines our environmental and social impacts during the company’s fiscal year 2013 (February 2012 through January 2013). By measuring and reporting on our ongoing commitments to offer the best sustainable design technology, our carbon footprint, and how we are helping improve the communities in which we operate, Autodesk strives to continually improve its environmental and social performance.

Last year, Autodesk increased revenue by four percent, but reduced our carbon footprint by eight percent. This represents a 34 percent decrease since we started measuring in 2008 – a savings of 56,400 metric carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). This puts Autodesk on track to meet our carbon footprint reduction target set by C-FACT.

In addition, Autodesk has significantly increased the amount of renewable energy it purchases, to 11,000 megawatt hours (MWh) last year from 6,140 the previous year, now representing 30 percent of our global energy consumption. Some other highlights from the report include:

  • Launching a dedicated Sustainability Solutions program to drive industry strategy and work across product lines on new software and services that address our customers’ energy, water, and materials-related business challenges.
  • Establishing a human rights policy and becoming a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, a voluntary initiative that outlines 10 principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anticorruption.
  • Reaching more than 1 million students and educators since 2010 through the Sustainability Workshop, a site dedicated to teaching the basics of sustainable design.
  • Providing thousands of companies across 27 countries with world-class software to design, visualize, and simulate their groundbreaking ideas through the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program.
  • Contributing more than $2,849,000 in cash donations to community organizations; matching $256,000 in employee donations; and providing $2,600,000 value in product donations.


As reflected in the report, Autodesk is committed to the important work being done to address the epic challenges we face. But there is still more important work to be done by the company, our customers, our peers and our partners. Please join us: 2050 is coming quickly.