Our environmental performance
| Key environmental data for RSA Group
|Greenhouse gas emissions (tCO2e)
||Gross tonnes of tCO2e per FTE
|Energy consumption (MWh)
|Water consumption (m3)
|Paper consumption (tonnes)
|Waste production (tonnes)
|Waste recycling (%)
A Selected data has been independently assured by PwC. For further information, download Key Environmental Data (PDF).
The emissions for 2015 have been calculated using a different organisational scope to previous years, reporting all sources of emissions from operations with 50 or more full time equivalent (FTE) employees. In previous years, emissions from offices with less than 50 employees were estimated, but these have been removed from the scope of the 2015 reported emissions. Previously, some Scope 3 emissions were misreported as Scope 1 emissions. Therefore, we have restated our baseline year as 2015 for our carbon reduction target and amended our target accordingly.
- Scope 1: Emissions from the Group’s sources that are controlled by us, including the combustion of fuel, company owned vehicles and the operation of our facilities.
- Scope 2: Emissions from the consumption of purchased electricity, heat or steam.
- Scope 3: Emissions from non-owned sources that are related to the Group’s activities, including business travel and the use of water, paper and waste generated.
- Business travel: Emissions from flights, trains, taxis, hotels and vehicles not owned by organisation. This has been separately assured and reported in 2015.
This year, we are reporting our progress against our original targets set in 2013, as well as how we will achieve our new targets in the future.
|By 2018, we will reduce our carbon emissions by 20% per employee from a 2013 baseline.
||The emissions for 2015 have been calculated using a different organisational scope to previous years. Therefore, we have restated our baseline year as 2015 and are unable to compare 2014 data with 2015 data.
|We will support our customers through the development of products and services that help them respond to changing environmental risks and opportunities.
This year, we focused on improving the quality of our environmental performance data within a more tightly defined organisational boundary. Throughout the Group, we implemented numerous carbon saving initiatives. Read more about these achievements in our Highlights here.
We continue to be a leading insurer of renewable energy. We are evaluating the risks of new renewable technologies and prototypes to expand our expertise in these areas. Through these products, we are reducing the risks and costs associated with renewable energy, helping support the transition to a lower carbon future.
We promote climate awareness amongst our customers by providing support and tools which enable them to better prepare for severe weather events. Some of our insurance products and services also encourage our customers to adapt to climate change and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
Revising our targets
This year, we introduced new targets to make sure our CR targets reflect the size and strengths of our organisation.
||Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
|Reduce our Group carbon footprint by 12% per employee to 1.9t CO2e from a 2015 baseline by 2018.
||The tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per employee.
|We will deliver at least one awareness driving or support campaign each year in each core region we operate to support our customers adapt to climate change and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
||The number of awareness-driving or support campaigns.
Plans to achieve our new target
We will continue to actively reduce our highest sources of emissions through improved operational efficiency, purchasing more environmentally friendly products and empowering employees to work more sustainably.
Several of our regions delivered awareness-driving campaigns in 2015 to help our customers adapt to climate change, including a Group-wide WinterSmart initiative providing tips on how to prepare for winter.
We will continue to collaborate with customers and brokers to raise awareness of our changing climate. Through our products and services, we will support customers to reduce their own carbon contribution.
We continue to review our property footprint across the Group. In the UK, we are managing our spaces more efficiently to reduce our environmental impact. We are also planning an Energy Management System, designed to ISO 50001, to limit our carbon emissions.
In the Atlantic region of Canada, we expect to move into a LEED-certified building in August. We are undertaking a review of our Irish offices too, having already consolidated two of our Galway offices into one.
Our actions inside our workplaces can also help reduce carbon emissions. We continuously raise awareness of more sustainable working practices like double-sided printing, recycling and switching off electrical equipment. Next year, as in 2015, we will use World Environment Day to demonstrate how our colleagues can help meet our carbon reduction target and protect our environment.