Our environmental performance
|Key Environmental Data
|Greenhouse gas emissions (tCO2e)
|| Business Travel
The emissions for 2015 and 2016 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 and 2016 reported emissions. Previously, some Scope 3 emissions were misreported as Scope 1 emissions. This has resulted in a significant reduction in Scope 1 emissions from 2014–2015 and again in 2015–2016. Due to these changes, we restated our baseline year as 2015 for our carbon reduction target and amended our target accordingly.
Selected data for 2016 has been independently assured by PwC in accordance with ISAE 3000 (Revised) and ISAE 3410. For further information, please refer to our reporting criteria (PDF) and PwC’s assurance opinion (PDF).
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 the organisation. This has been separately assured and reported in 2015 and 2016.
Methodology: Our disclosures cover all sources of greenhouse gas emissions as required by the Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors’ Report) Regulations 2013, aligning to our financial control boundaries and including all emissions from operations with 50 or more full time equivalent employees, covering the period 1st January 2016 – 31st December 2016.
Where data is not provided by the operating entity, estimates have been provided based on relative calculations against other businesses within the company. Our reporting has been carried out with consideration to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and World Resources Institute’s (WBCSD/WRI) Greenhouse Gas Protocol, a Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard, together with the latest emissions factors from recognised public sources including, but not limited to Department of Environment and Rural Affairs, the International Energy Agency, the US Energy Information Association, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
We monitor our performance in each strategy area against a series of defined targets and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs):
|By 2018, we will reduce our carbon emissions by 12% per employee from a 2015 baseline
||KPI 1: Tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent presented as both actual (tCO2e) and per employee (tCO2e/FTE)
|Deliver at least one awareness/support campaign each year in each core region we operate to support our customers adapt to climate change and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions
||KPI 2: Number of awareness/support campaigns
By 2018, we aimed to cut carbon emissions by 12% per person against a 2015 baseline. We are proud to have reached this target two years ahead of time. In 2016, we achieved a 15% reduction thanks to a leaner, global business model, the outsourcing of UK engineers and measures such as energy efficient installations.
This year (2017), we will set a new carbon reduction target.
We have run seven campaigns across our Group to help our customers adapt to climate change and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.