Our environment

We recognise our responsibility to minimise our impact on the natural environment. In 2019/20 we made three commitments:

  1. To reduce our energy consumption and carbon emissions, water usage and wastage;
  2. To responsible sourcing throughout our supply chain; and
  3. To offering healthier choices for our customers by offering lower salt, vegan/vegetarian alternatives, and low/no alcohol options.

With the Group’s environmental footprint principally driven by the activities of its venues and offices, which were closed for most of the financial year, the pandemic presented the Group with reduced opportunity to deliver against these commitments.

We will be revisiting our environmental commitments over the coming months as the Group’s new ESG strategy is approved and programme developed, by reference to the ranking of environmental issues under the findings from the ESG materiality assessment as set out on page 44 of our 2021 annual report.

Environmental KPIs

  Year ended 30 June 2021 Year ended 30 June 2020 Change
Fleet fuel efficiency data (kWh) 2,529,333 3,352,253 (25)%
Certified seafood (e.g. MSC, ASC) as a percentage of total seafood sold (%) 96% 90% 6ppts
Hazardous waste generation (tonnes) 1.31 2.53 (48)%
Non-recycled waste generation (tonnes) 124 228 (46)%
Waste recycled (tonnes) 1,009 2,132 (53)%
Total costs of environmental fines and penalties during financial year 0 0 0%
Percentage of sites covered by recognised environmental management systems such as ISO14001 or EMAS 0 0 0%
Total water usage (m3) 209,259 237,306 (12)%


Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (‘TCFD’)

Rank notes the requirement under Listing Rule (LR 9.8.6) regarding TCFD disclosures for its financial year ending 30 June 2022. In conjunction with the development of its ESG programme Rank will develop its reporting framework taking into account the four TCFD pillars of governance, strategy, risk management and metrics and targets. 

Greenhouse gas (‘GHG’) emissions statement

This section provides the emission data and supporting information required by The Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors’ Report) Regulations 2013 and The Companies (Directors’ Report) and Limited Liability Partnerships (Energy and Carbon Report) Regulations 2018; the latter commonly referred to as Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting (‘SECR’).

Footprint boundary

An operational control approach has been used to define the GHG emissions boundary, as defined in Defra’s latest Environmental Reporting guidelines: “Your organisation has operational control over an operation if it, or one of its subsidiaries, has the full authority to introduce and implement its operating policies at the operation”.

For Rank this captures emissions associated with the operation of all our buildings plus company-owned and leased transport. This report covers all scope one and two emissions, as well as scope three emissions from flights, private vehicles, waste, material use, and the transmission and distribution of grid electricity. It does not include emissions for Well-to-Tank losses in the distribution of liquid fuels between extraction and point of use.

All of Rank’s global operations are covered, comprising operations in the UK, Belgium and Spain.

The report covers the year 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.


Emission sources

All material scope one and two emissions are included. These include emissions associated with:

  • Fuel combustion: stationary (natural gas); mobile (vehicle fuel)
  • Purchased electricity
  • Fugitive emissions (refrigerants)

Methodology and emissions factors

This report was calculated using the methodology set out in Environmental Reporting Guidelines including streamlined energy and carbon reporting guidance, published by the UK Government in January 2019.

Emissions factors are taken from the UK Government emissions factor update published in June 2021.

There are no notable omissions from the mandatory scope 1 and 2 emissions. Overall, 2% of emissions are based on estimated data.

Some emissions source data was not available for Spain and Belgium operations:

  • Business travel
  • F-gas
  • Waste (Local Council operated)
  • Recycling (Spain only available)

Estimations and exclusions 2% of electricity data was estimated and 3% of natural gas. 

Emissions intensity 

For purposes of baselining and ongoing comparison, it is required to express the GHG emissions using a carbon intensity metric. The intensity metric chosen is £m revenue. Rank’s revenue in 2020/21 was £329.6m, giving an intensity of 65.8 tCO2e per £m revenue, 60% higher than last year.

GHG emissions data and total consumption 

The reportable GHG emissions and total energy consumption for Rank for the reporting period were 21,684 tCO2e and 106,402,656 kWh respectively, tabulated by emissions source below.

Ref. Emissions source 2020/21 2019/20 % of 2020/21 total change
A1 Gas (kWh) 54,303,890 60,088,597 51% (11)%
C Electricity (kWh) 47,548,865 55,798, 051 45% (15)%
A2 Road Travel (kWh) 4,548,901 3,353,251 4% 36%
  Total 106,402,656 119,238,899 100% (11)%

Energy consumption by country

Emissions source 2020/21 2019/20 % of 2020/21 total change
Gas (kWh) 53,356,974 58,583,952 54% (9)%
Electricity (kWh) 43,524,462 51,065,499 44% (15)%
Road Travel (kWh) 2,529,333 3,352,2501 2% (25)%
Total 99,410,769 113,001,702 100% (12)%
Emissions source 2020/21 2019/20 % of 2020/21 total change
Gas (kWh) 654,880 940,206 36% (30)%
Electricity (kWh) 1,178,644 1,085,156 64% 9%
Total 1,833,524 2,025,462 100% (9)%
Emissions source 2020/21 2019/20 % of 2020/21 total change
Gas (kWh) 293,036 564,439 9% (48)%
Electricity (kWh) 2,845,759 3,647,396 91% (22)%
Total 3,138,795 4,211,835 100% (25)%

GHG emissions summary

    2019/20 2018-19
Ref. Category tCO2e % tCO2e %
A1 Fuel combustion (stationary): Gas 9,946 45.9% 11,048 42.2%
A2 Fuel combustion (mobile): Transport Fuel 622 2.9% 824 3.2%
B Facility operation: F-gases 50 0.2% 217 0.8%
C Purchased electricity 11,066 51% 14,064 53.8%
  Total 21,684 100% 26,153 100%
  Emissions Intensity 65.8 - 41.0 -

Emissions by country

Emission source UK Spain Belgium Total
Fuel combustion (stationary): Gas 9,773 54 120 9,947
Fuel combustion (mobile): Transport Fuel 622 n/a n/a 622
Facility Operation: F-gases 50 n/a n/a 50
Purchased electricity 10,059 734 272 11,065
Air travel 15 n/a n/a 15
Materials use/waste 2,350 n/a 18 2,368

Total tCO2e

22,869 788 410 24,067

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