Aon and Aviva join new scheme to cut emissions.

The industry’s largest brokers and insurers have been urged to join a scheme to cut carbon emissions and tackle climate change at their London offices.

Aon and Aviva, owner of Norwich Union, are the first two insurance companies in the industry to join Green500, a scheme which aims to turn London into a world leader in sustainability.

The two-and-a-half year scheme aims to save up to 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 and leads the Mayor of London’s overall climate change action plan targets to reduce CO2 emissions in public and private sector organisations by 60% by 2025.

Both companies are now working with a carbon mentor in an effort to identify areas where they can be more efficient.

Joanne Goddard, environment manager at Aviva said the firm is close to completing an action plan.

“We are currently in the process of finalising our action plan with our carbon mentor and are very positive about the possibilities it provides us for further reducing our carbon emissions,” she said. “Climate change is recognised as a significant risk to the insurance sector and at Aviva we are committed to tackling climate change in a number of ways.

She added: “Collectively, the insurance industry can have an influence on environmental behaviour – influencing staff, customers and suppliers – and be a catalyst for change.”

A spokesman for Aon said the company was still discussing the early stages of its action plan with its carbon mentor.