The environment has become a critical business challenge. We recognise our role in supporting the global transition to a sustainable low carbon economy, and aim to lead by example in our own operations.
We have verified science-based targets with the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi). Therefore, we have aggressive science-based targets for carbon reduction in line with a 1.5C pathway that address our Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions to reduce by 50% across all three by 2030.
Our overall SBTi target was calculated by following its methodology outlined in the target setting tool. We have calculated the reductions necessary from a 2019 base year through to 2030 and utilised this data to then create our own internal metrics/plans to reduce our emissions. These will be reported on at least bi-annually, unless analysis shows a material deviation from our planned target, at which point this will be reported as described above and remedial actions put in place if the deviation is within our control.
We align to the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) to inform business decisions and strategy, and through investment in carbon removal projects and achieve net zero in our global operations by 2030.
We aim to send zero waste to landfill, a net positive water impact and 100% resource recovery, with all materials and products recovered, recycled or reused at their end of use.
We do not own any of the buildings we occupy but are continuing to encourage the procurement of Renewable Green Energy across 100% of our sites, as well as exploring the feasibility of introducing water conservation methods. This will extend to any future property expansion whether that be an office move or office space acquired during M&A activity to assist with our Scope 1 and 2 Targets. Future office space will also take into consideration the EPC as well as BREEAM rating.
During 2021, we rolled out the Carbon Literacy Project (‘CLP’) training for our colleagues. In order for us to do this, we have to create a course and have this verified by the CLP. So far, training has taken place with approximately 25 people – all achieving certification. A schedule of training has been put in place for FY2022/23 with the aim of training at least a further 60 people across the business. We are pleased to report that we have achieved Bronze Standard from the CLP.
We are working with our supply chain to develop ways to reduce environmental impacts. Reviewing the environmental credentials of suppliers as part of the on-boarding process and then throughout the tem of the contract, we undertake audits and review the provisions in place such as minimising delivery packaging and optimising recovery, and ensuring where possible that products purchased with a recognised certification (e.g. MSC and FSC certified).
Our Environmental Management System ("EMS") is based on the International Standard EN ISO 14001:2015 requirement. By working to this standard, it ensures that we manage our environmental impacts efficiently and thoroughly comply with relevant environmental legislation and regulations, and minimise our environmental impacts wherever possible.