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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 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.

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 future changes in climate. We review the risks and opportunities that climate change may bring to our business and wider society annually. For more information on these, please see our Climate Change Risks & Opportunities Assessment.

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Office

2017 saw a 35% reduction in carbon emissions associated with our offices when compared with 2016. Replacing the fluorescent tubes in our Head Office with energy efficient LEDs is a key reason for the reduction in electricity consumption. Gas consumption at Head Office has also fallen due to better control over the heating system and switching the boilers off over the summer months. There were no carbon emissions associated with refrigerant gas loss from the air conditioning units this year, compared with 114.5tCO2e in 2016.

We are now purchasing 100% renewable electricity at our Bristol and Chertsey (Head Office) offices. When this is accounted for through the use of market based factors, our reduction in tCO2e since 2016 is 51%.

Level of Influence and Control
Office Electricity
 
319.85 tCO2e
Medium
Office Gas
 
129.33 tCO2e
Medium
Office Water
 
1.25 tCO2e
Medium
Office Waste (Landfilled)
 
0.91 tCO2e
Medium
Waste to Energy (Incineration)
 
0.24 tCO2e
Medium
Subtotal: 451.58 tCO2e
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Site

Carbon emissions associated with our site activities increased by 28% compared with 2016. This is predominantly due to a significant increase in the quantity of diesel consumed. We are reviewing the diesel information on a site by site basis to redress this increase.

Level of Influence and Control
Site Fuel
 
4,263.26 tCO2e
High
Site Electricity
 
2,162.43 tCO2e
High
Site Gas
 
1,182.36 tCO2e
High
Site Water
 
29.35 tCO2e
High
Site Waste (Landfilled)
 
0.94 tCO2e
High
Subtotal: 7,638.34 tCO2e
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Business Travel

In 2017, carbon emissions associated with business travel increased by 7% compared with 2016 due to an increase in the number of employees and the resulting increase in miles travelled for business. However, when normalised per person, 2017 (2.39 tCO2e) is almost equal to 2016 (2.38 tCO2e).

Level of Influence and Control
Company-Owned Vehicles
 
1,370.49 tCO2e
Medium
Employee-owned Vehicles
 
733.39 tCO2e
Low
Public Transportation
 
38.48 tCO2e
Low
Other (Flights, Taxis)
 
16.44 tCO2e
Low
Subtotal: 2,158.80 tCO2e
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Commuting

In 2017, carbon emissions associated with commuting have increased by 10%. Per person, this is an increase of 4% with less people commuting to work using public transportation.

Level of Influence and Control
Private Transportation
 
880.45 tCO2e
Low
Public Transportation
 
20.19 tCO2e
Low
Other (Taxi)
 
0.36 tCO2e
Low
Subtotal: 901.00 tCO2e

Normalised Carbon Emissions

12.33 Tonnes CO2e/person (2016: 11.2)

3.52 Tonnes CO2e/1,000sqft (2016: 3.52)

10.69 Tonnes CO2e/£m turnover (2016: 9.54)

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