We aim to minimise the lasting impact of our operations on the environment, and sustainability is a key feature of our products and their impact on the environment. See Our Sustainable Journey for further details of our sustainable solutions for the environment.

Our modern and efficient injection moulding and extrusion operations use significant amounts of electricity. We monitor very closely our electricity usage, even at a machine level, and take a proactive approach to improve energy efficiency. The Group collects electricity and natural gas usage information from each business unit on a monthly basis.

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the Group during 2017, in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e), were as follows:

  tCO2e %
– fuel combustion (stationary) 2,328 4
– fuel combustion (mobile) 13,761 24
– fugitive emissions (F-gas) 432 1
– purchase electricity 40,550 71
  57,071 100
  2016 2017 change
Total emissions 62,524 57,071 (8.7)%
Emissions intensity* 0.39 0.36 (9.0)%

* Expressed in tCO2e per tonne of output.

Our GHG emissions were calculated using the methodology set out in the updated GHG reporting guidance issued in June 2013 by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Emission factors were taken from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy / DEFRA’s 2017 update of GHG Conversion Factors for Company Reporting, with the exception of international electricity which were taken from the International Energy Agency’s 2017 update.