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Environment

We embrace our responsibility for protecting the natural environment and are taking significant steps towards reducing our carbon footprint

The Rank Group will minimise the impact of our operations on the Earth’s natural environment; and where possible promote ‘Green’ behaviours to our customers, suppliers and our employees.

Why this is important

It is important for our customers and our people – many of the people who enjoy our brands or work within the brand teams care passionately about the environment. Because ‘green living’ is important to them, it has to be important to us. By involving our customers and our people in our environmental programme, we build their pride in our brands and forge stronger relationships.

It is important for our investors – we believe that good environmental practice makes good business sense. By cutting out waste and reducing energy consumption we are improving both our environmental performance and our profit performance.

Progress

During 2015/16, we made further improvements to the way that our business activities interacted with the natural environment.

We have now reduced our carbon footprint for the fifth consecutive year, like-for-like, since 2010. Our carbon footprint, including Belgium and Spain, is now 64,679 tCO2e, a reduction of 10.6% from 2014/15.

Following the successful implementation of food waste collection across our estate, and in partnership with our waste management company, we have reduced our overall amount of waste by 18% and also improved our landfill diversion, which is now over 96%, thereby comfortably beating our target for  the year. Our intention is to continue  to reduce our volume of waste and further improve our recycling levels.

Our gas and electricity consumption in the UK has been reduced by 4.7% over the last year. We have commenced our gas Automated Meter Readers (AMRs) replacement programme and intend to upgrade our energy consumption reporting for gas and electricity upon completion to further assist with our ongoing  energy savings.

Our environmental committee continues to review all energy saving opportunities via our opportunities database, with the assistance of our general managers and environmental champions at club level. As well as implementing best practices  at our clubs, it includes the review of technological advances such as LED lighting opportunities and HVAC controls and strategies. Over the next 12 months we  will be aiming to achieve another  year of like-for-like environmental improvements and energy reductions. 

The Group’s total GHG emissions for its operations as at 30 June 2016 were:

 

Tonnes of CO2e1

%

Tonnes of CO2e2/£m 

revenue

Scope 1
Constitutes gas use (plus gas oil use in Belgium), owned transport and fugitive F-gas emissions
17,001 27  
Scope 2
Comprises electricity generation
32,605 50  
Scope 32
Comprises waste, materials use, flights, electricity transmission and distribution
15,040 23  
Outside of scopes3 
Represents the biogenic proportion of petrol and diesel
34 -  
Total 64,680 100 90.8

 

1 CO2e is a universal unit of measurement used to indicate the global warming of greenhouse gas expressed in terms of global warming potential of one unit of carbon dioxide.

2 Well-to-tank emissions for fuels (electricity, gas, petrol, diesel, and aviation fuel), which would sit within scope 3, are not included in this report.

3This is categorised as outside of scopes rather than scope 3 in line with the Defra 2015 emission factor guidance.