Improving the environment

Our performance

KPI H1 2016 2015 2014 2014/2015 Trend
Group carbon emissions (absolute) 16,529 tonnes of C02e 37,627 tonnes of C02e 34,218 tonnes of C02e
Waste produced
0.04% of total waste to turnover 0.04% of total waste to turnover
0.06% of total waste to turnover
460,181 tonnes produced 937,271 tonnes produced
1,326,247 tonnes produced
Waste diverted from landfill
 91% 90% 86%
  • Improvement on prior year performance
  • Performance within a 10% deterioration on prior year
  • Performance 10% or more worse than prior year

Targets:

Short term (2016) Medium term (2020) Horizon ambition
5% year-on-year carbon reduction

5% year-on-year carbon reduction

Science-based targets by 2018

65% carbon reduction from 2010 baseline
92% waste diverted from landfill 94% 100%

We are pleased to report a significant further reduction in carbon emissions in 2015 of 3,409 (CO²e), an increase in the percentage of waste diverted from landfill and a reduction of 29% in the amount of actual waste produced.

The Group continues to participate in CDP (the Carbon Disclosure Project), our score reducing slightly to 94B (2014: 97B). During the year we made a commitment to the CDP’s ‘Commit to Action’ initiative.

In 2015, we complied with the requirements of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive and ESOS (E Regulations 2014) to reduce energy consumption. Our energy audits were undertaken by global supply chain risk management company, Achilles.

Risk/opportunities

High energy use and poor waste management

Impacts

  • Direct contribution to climate change
  • Increased operating costs
  • Inability to address client needs
  • Legal action through non-compliance with legislation

Mitigation

  • Energy efficiency campaign
  • Clear policies on vehicle and plant selection and use, monitoring and management of fuel consumption
  • Engaging with clients and through industry groups on best practice
  • Robust environmental management system (ISO 14001)
  • Use of technology and alternative methods of transport
  • Strategies for waste reduction in place
  • Engagement with waste and recycling businesses

Opportunities

  • Increased operational efficiency
  • Operational cost savings
  • Business differentiator

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