Conserving Resources

NI conserves resources through its facilities and IT infrastructure by reducing energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, water use, and waste, and by increasing recycling. We have a long-term goal to reduce carbon emissions per employee 10 percent from 2013 to 2023. To achieve this goal, we continually work to reduce electricity and natural gas usage.

2017 Data and Results

Electricity

Purchased Electricity Used per Employee

Total Purchased Electricity (kWh)

Region 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Americas 21,948,848 21,972,911 21,343,360 20,737,355 22,897,504
Asia Pacific 7,053,530 7,475,952 7,941,417 9,165,101 9,385,650
Europe 8,037,909 8,966,163 9,633,818 10,044,767 10,379,575
Total 37,040,287 38,415,026 38,918,595 39,947,223 42,662,729

 

In 2015, total purchased electricity data was not available for one Americas location for the entire year. NI estimated total usage for the year at that location using the data available from eight months out of the year.

Natural Gas

Natural Gas Used per Employee

Total Natural Gas Used (m3)

Region 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Americas 71,201 90,199 67,921 45,466 56,929
Asia Pacific N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Europe 380,176 390,743 612,849 582,341 579,141
Total 451,377 480,942 680,770 627,807 636,070

Reducing Emissions

Carbon Emissions per Employee

To calculate these emissions, NI used the World Resources Institute (2012) GHG Protocol tool for stationary combustion, version 4.4; the World Resources Institute (2008) GHG Protocol tool for stationary combustion, version 4.0; and the World Resources Institute (2008) GHG Protocol tool for mobile combustion, version 2.2, with a fixed base year of 2005. Inputs include only purchased electricity usage, fuels used for stationary combustion, and the fuel used by company-owned and company-leased vehicles at tracked office locations.

 

Per employee numbers are calculated using the total number of full-time and part-time employees at tracked office locations as of December 31 each year.

 

Indirect Carbon Emissions (Tonnes)

Region 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Americas 13,106 13,103 12,599 12,217 13,512
Asia Pacific 4,442 4,690 4,983 5,832 6,000
Europe 2,752 3,069 3,294 3,370 3,478
Total 20,300 20,862 20,876 21,419 22,990

 

 

Direct Carbon Emissions (Tonnes)

Region 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Americas 169 237 152 116 142
Asia Pacific 38 23 35 70 44
Europe 807 821 1,181 1,199 1,196
Total 1,014 1,081 1,368 1,385 1,382

 

Starting in 2014, complete data was not available regarding the fuel used by company-owned and company-leased vehicles at some office locations in the Asia Pacific and Europe regions.


In 2015, complete data was not available regarding the fuel used for stationary combustion at some office locations in the Americas and Europe regions.

Water Usage

Water Used per Employee

Total Water Used (m3)

Region 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Americas 79,572 94,120 85,067 77,380 91,588
Asia Pacific 38,453 43,193 47,305 54,325 56,877
Europe 14,769 13,807 22,163 40,590 33,717
Total 132,794 151,120 154,535 172,295 182,182

 

In 2015, total water usage data was not available for one Americas location for the entire year. NI estimated total usage for the year at that location using the data available from eight months out of the year.

Protecting Habitats and History

Most of the NI headquarters campus in Austin is still in its natural, unirrigated state except for building footprints, walkways, drives, and parking areas. Multilevel garages provide most parking at NI, which minimizes the amount of ground covered by impervious materials like asphalt and cement. Developed landscape areas feature native plant materials requiring minimal water to thrive, and our campus incorporates critical environmental features including limestone sinkholes. Additionally, NI's Austin campus is a certified National Wildlife Federation wildlife habitat and is home to several native wildlife species, including deer, birds, and foxes.

 

To protect our beautiful grounds, we regularly monitor our campus to ensure storm water runoff from roads and parking lots does not enter sinkholes or threaten habitats. Additionally, parts of the Austin campus are recognized as a Texas Historical Commission Recorded Site for evidence of flint knapping activity, or tool-making activity, by Native Americans.

Recycling and Waste

Waste Generated and Recycled per Employee

Total Waste Generated (kg)

Region 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Americas 295,789 299,014 236,817 255,325 256,688
Asia Pacific 262,263 361,196 207,983 192,942 266,972
Europe 316,331 355,560 560,737 465,948 472,516
Total 874,383 1,015,770 1,005,537 914,215 996,176

 

In 2015, total waste generated was not available for one Americas location. The total for that location for that year does not include hazardous waste, electronic waste, or plastic packaging waste.