GRI 300 Environmental

GRI 302: Energy

UNGC Principles
7Businesses are asked to support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges
8Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility
9Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies
SDG Goal
Industry,Innovation and Infrastructure
Responsible Consumption and Production
Climate Action
GRI 103-1

Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

Energy use leads to emissions, which affect the environment through climate change. Climate change, in turn, has a direct impact on the availability of our key natural resources. It causes fundamental changes in ecosystem functioning and as such, poses a significant risk to our operations. Making a positive impact on the environment and society is central to our strategy and our use of energy is directly related. The topic of Energy is related to our material topics Climate change and Product environmental and societal impact. 

We work to improve the eco-efficiency of our production sites, and this includes seeking electricity from renewable sources. We constantly assess and mitigate the risks posed by climate change and drive adaptation and remediation in affected areas. We also involve our supply chain, from the raw material suppliers to indirect materials and service providers, in an effort to reduce GHG emissions and the impact on the ecosystem.

Making a positive impact on the environment and society is a central concern for our customers and their consumers and it is key to improving our own performance. In doing so, we must also anticipate and influence change. Our approach to responsible innovation considers the potential impact of our processes and products on the environment and also where we can have a positive impact on society. We engage with customers to develop new products and technologies that are more sustainable.

GRI 103-2, 103-3

Management approach

Motivated by both ethical and business concerns, we are going to great lengths to continuously improve processes, reduce our environmental footprint and mitigate the effects of climate change. Our approach to energy use is a critical element. Consuming less energy and pursuing opportunities for renewable sources reduces our emissions, helping to mitigate climate change.

We are leading significant energy consumption reduction projects across operations and making improvements through investment and effort in energy saving workshops, eco-efficiency plans and targeted projects. We are also looking to decrease our electricity consumption.

Energy saving workshops, for example, are meant to improve overall employee awareness by asking them to see energy use in a new light. Workshops typically begin with an explanation of different ways of identifying inefficiencies, reviewing internal technical infrastructures such as pipes and machinery and looking at essential data relating to energy, waste and water. Teams review different operational technologies to identify where improvements and savings might be found.

Progress 2019

Though we do not have a formal target in terms of energy intensity – the quantity of energy required per unit output – we have recorded a decrease of 14% since the 2015 baseline. This has a direct impact on our target for scope 1  and 2 GHG emissions, which have decreased by 35% since 2015 in terms of intensity (per tonne of product).

We have also made considerable progress in terms of renewable electricity (scope 2 GHG emissions) and are on track to meet our target of converting our entire electricity supply to fully renewable sources by 2025. We attained 75% renewable electricity in 2019, with 24 of our 44 production sites powered 100% by electricity from renewable sources. Highlights in our progress this year include four production sites moving to full 100% renewable electricity. We also reduced the GHG emission load per purchased KWh of electricity by 6% compared to 2018. This represents a decrease of 45% against the 2015 baseline.

 

 2019 Integrated Annual Report, Acting for our environment, pages 58-61

 Our Sustainability Approach, pages 22, 23, 48, 51

GRI 302-1, 302-4

Energy consumption and reduction within the organisation

 

2018
(restated)

2019

Q4 2018 to
Q3 20191 

Change to
2018 in %

Direct energy: from primary sources (GJ)

Natural Gas

1,814,517

1,750,664

1,714,251

-6%

Town Gas

180

181

187

4%

LP Gas

6,612

8,401

8,343

26%

Light fuel oil

42,403

119,1752

36,164

-15%

Heavy fuel oil

0

0

0

0%

Waste used as energy 

49,049

61,505

58,569

19%

Total direct energy

1,912,760

1,939,927

1,817,514

-5%

Indirect energy: purchased electricity and steam (GJ)

Electricity purchased

964,807

968,424

974,618

1%

Steam purchased

57,728

62,469

64,885

12%

Total indirect energy

1,022,535

1,030,893

1,039,503

2%

Total energy

2,935,295

2,970,820

2,857,017

-3%

1. For all environmental figures this will become the regular reporting period for the reporting year 2019 in the upcoming reporting cycles.

2. Back-up power generators used on due to electricity outage (one off).

GRI 302-3

Energy intensity

 

2015
(restated)

2018
restated)

Q4 2018 to 
Q3 2019

2019

Energy intensity 

(GJ per tonne of product) 

6.93

6.42

6.23

5.93

1. For all environmental figures this will become the regular reporting period for the reporting year 2019 in the upcoming reporting cycles.

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