Carbon Footprint

Our carbon footprint helps us to identify initiatives to reduce energy and water use and waste.

Climate change is widely recognised as one of the biggest global environmental challenges we face. It presents some challenging risks and uncertainties for business and society, but it also provides us opportunities to be innovative in the ways we try to reduce our impact. Overall in the year, we have seen a 4% reduction in our carbon footprint compared to last year.

Our stakeholders and customers look to us to ensure that we minimise the impact of our operations on the climate and that we design homes that will be able to adapt to possible climatic changes in the future. We regularly review the risks and opportunities that climate change may bring to our business and wider society. For more information on these, please see our Climate Change Risks & Opportunities Assessment.

We measure our carbon footprint through four types of emissions: emissions from our offices, site operations, business travel and commuting. We use this information to put in place initiatives to reduce our operational energy and water use and to reduce our waste.

Levels of influence and control





Find out more about our office footprint
1 Office gas 143.6
2 Office electricity 427.5
3 Office water 1.1
4 Office waste (landfilled) 2.9
5 Waste to energy (incineration) 0.2
6 Refrigerant gas loss 114.5
Subtotal 689.8

Find out more about our site footprint
7 Site gas 814.5
8 Site electricity 2,351.0
9 Site water 22.6
10 Site fuel 2,801.0
11 Site waste (landfilled) 1.7
Subtotal 5,990.8
Business travel

Find out more about our business travel footprint
12 Company-owned vehicles 1,280.9
13 Employee-owned vehicles 667.3
14 Public transportation 40.3
15 Other (flights, taxis) 28.5
Subtotal 2017.0

Find out more about our commuting footprint
16 Employee commuting by private transportation 791.2
17 Employee commuting by public transportation 24.6
18 Employee commuting by other (taxi) 0.5
Subtotal 816.3
Total 9,513.9

9,513.9 Total tonnes CO2e (2015: 9,934)

11.2 Tonnes CO2e/person (2015: 12.5)

3.5 Tonnes CO2e/1,000sqft (2015: 3.7)

9.5 Tonnes CO2e/£turnover (2015: 12.3)

You can find out more about our environmental impact and performance in 2016 in Our Data.

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