Skillsoft is a pioneer in the field of learning and talent management with a long history of innovation. Skillsoft provides cloud-based learning solutions for our customers worldwide, who range from global enterprises, government entities and educational institutions to mid-sized and small businesses. We currently serve over 6,700 customers and more than 45,000,000 learners around the world and we provide continuing, hands-on support to assist them in ensuring their ongoing success. We are not a manufacturing company. Therefore, our environmental footprint is quite small.
Although we have a small carbon footprint, we take our responsibility toward environmental stewardship very seriously. Skillsoft has developed and implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS) based on the requirements of ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. Although we will not become fully compliant with these standards, we are committed to continuous review and improvement of our EMS whenever possible. Toward that end and in order to calculate total annual greenhouse gas emissions and our impact on our environment, Skillsoft began monitoring our energy use in Calendar Year 2011. All of our emissions are classified as Scope 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions since they are from consumption of purchased electricity and gas used to power and heat our buildings.
For calendar year 2014, Skillsoft successfully exceeded our goal to keep our energy consumption and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions (electric and gas) flat by achieving a 6% decrease in our energy consumption and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions at our facilities compared to the prior year. As we look toward our calendar year 2015 consumption, we have set the same goal to again keep our energy consumption and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions (electric and gas) flat (0% increase) at our facilities compared to the prior year. Since Skillsoft acquired SumTotal Systems, LLC on September 30, 2014, we did not have the data needed to include SumTotal in our analysis for 2014. Energy consumption is currently being tracked at our SumTotal Systems, LLC facilities and these results will be included in our analysis of energy consumption for calendar year 2015.
We continue to strive to be as energy efficient as possible and to experience a reduction in our energy use through general communications with our employees, reminding them of the steps they can take to help us reduce our overall energy consumption. We will also identify any older technologies or products for replacement with more energy efficient solutions, and seek to perform more routine maintenance on equipment to ensure they are performing as efficiently as possible.
Our Environmental Policy states that we ‘strive to use energy and natural resources in an efficient manner’, which includes reductions wherever possible. We recycle as much as possible. As far as utilities are concerned (electric and gas), we are as lean as we have ever been. We are always looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint, and have seen decreases amongst nearly all Skillsoft locations worldwide due to these policies. Looking for reductions will always be a part of our program. We recycle cans, bottles, paper, computer hardware, batteries, printer/copier toner, etc. to the best of our abilities. Our IT Disposal Policy also requires the recycling of disposed IT equipment.
Our goal with respect to recycling for 2011 was to reduce our purchase of commercial bottled water products by 100% through the purchase of aluminum bottles for every employee. We continue to refrain from the purchase of commercial bottled water products in 2014, and intend to continue this program in 2015. Additionally, we continue to focus on waste management and recycling to reduce the amount of waste we generate through the purchase of alternative supplies that are known to generate less waste. We also continue to identify more products that are eligible for recycling and which were produced from recycled materials. Finally, we continue to work with our landlords to identify areas where we can work together to reduce such emissions by targeting areas where we can implement more current, energy efficient solutions, and de-commission less efficient, dated equipment and technologies.
We hope that by doing these types of things, establishing reduction goals, and working towards exceeding those goals we will be doing a small part toward making our world a cleaner place to work, to live, and to enjoy.