At a Glance


Financial Services and Insurance

Project Type

Commercial Energy Efficiency





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Net Present Value:


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Annual kWh Savings:

4,800 kWh

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Annual CO2 Reductions:

4 metric tons


Shujing Li identified opportunities for achieving further energy savings at MasterCard and helped boost employee engagement in energy efficiency projects.


Energy costs accounts for only a small percentage of MasterCard’s, the multinational financial services corporation, total spending, which reduces the incentive to reduce energy use. Although traditional energy savings opportunities are not typically attractive to most financial companies, especially those will small offices, MasterCard was determined to explore its options. EDF Climate Corps fellow Shujing Li was brought on to reduce CO2 emissions, increase employee engagement in energy efficiency and promote public awareness of the company’s sustainability commitment. 


Shujing conducted a financial analysis to show how small changes to facilities could yield significant energy savings. She identified ways to reduce waste by changing printer default settings to double-sided and placing recycling bins in MasterCard’s new office. After learning about the company’s “Family Day”—a day filled with activities for employees and their families—Shujing introduced the idea of adding environmental games to the day’s agenda. Together, parents and kids learned what it takes to protect the environment in a fun and engaging way. 

Potential Impact

MasterCard could realize significant energy and cost savings by implementing Shujing’s energy efficiency recommendations. Over 100 employees and their families responded with positive feedback to the Family Day Event activities, which left participants feeling inspired to incorporate environmentally-friendly habits in their daily routines. 

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