Our main impacts come from carbon emissions generated from energy use in our offices and through business travel and so this is where we concentrate our efforts. We also manage our resource use and waste management where possible. In addition, although our water usage is not significant, we have made efforts towards conserving this resource.
Our carbon footprint
In 2016 our carbon footprint was 108,613 tonnes CO2eq (scopes 1,2 and 3) down from 111,1732 tonnes CO2eq in 2015, representing a year-on-year decrease of 2%. This decrease was based on reductions in our energy usage in the UK and India, and a reduction in our business mileage.In 2010, we set ourselves a target to reduce our carbon intensity (tonnes CO2eq/£m) for scopes 1 and 2 by 4.5% a year. In 2016, our carbon intensity was 16.2 (2015: 17.5), a reduction of 7.4%.
At the start of 2016 we set ourselves a target to reduce energy usage across all our sites that are within scope of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme. We achieved an 8% energy reduction, equating to £1m savings.
reduction in our carbon footprint in 2016
This was mainly through better data analysis, identifying where savings could be made and providing training to our facilities managers. We have green travel plans at several our sites and actively encourage the use of video and teleconferencing. In 2016, we trialled a car sharing scheme at a number of our sites and we are looking to expand the scheme across a further 10 sites in 2017.