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 and analyses electricity and natural gas usage information from each business unit on a monthly basis.

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the Group during 2018, in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e), were as follows:

  tCO2e %
– fuel combustion (stationary) 2,825 6
– fuel combustion (mobile) 14,853 31
– fugitive emissions (F-gas) 223 1
– purchase electricity 29,823 62
  47,724 100
  2018 2017 change
Total emissions 47,724 55,714 (14)%
Emissions intensity* 0.39 0.40 (4)%

Restated to reflect the disposal of Polypipe France.

* 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). Carbon emission factors were taken from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s 2018 update of GHG Conversion Factors for Company Reporting, with the exception of non-UK electricity, which were taken from the European Residual Mixes 2017: Association of Issuing Bodies.