Our natural environment

We recognise our responsibility to minimise our impact on the natural environment and during the year we agreed on the following commitments. An update on our progress will be provided in the 2021 annual report and accounts.

1. To reduce our energy consumption and carbon emissions, water usage and wastage


  • Implementing improved and accurate reporting of energy usage disseminated through the business;
  • Reviewing investments in energy saving technologies (controls for kitchen extracts, refrigeration, radiator valves, LED lighting back and front of house);
  • Reviewing food waste and plastic use in our venues in partnership with our suppliers;
  • Setting waste targets in our venues;
  • Seeking accreditation e.g. Carbon Saver Gold Standard;
  • Water – take advantage of deregulation, combine Scottish and English volumes to get better terms, plus centralised billing and account management, trial waterless urinals; and
  • Providing employees the option to move to low emission/electric/hybrid company cars.

2. To responsible sourcing throughout our supply chain


  • Beginning a process for Certification of BRC Food Standard;
  • Conducting routine Supplier Audits;
  • Seeking accreditation for Sustainable Fish (MSC Certified);
  • Producing a Responsible Sourcing Policy – the requirements of which must be met by our suppliers; and
  • Applying objective rigour through the Membership of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex) – which measures ethical business practices across the supply chain. All our suppliers must be registered, and risk assessed.

3. To offering healthier choices for our customers by offering lower salt, vegan/vegetarian alternatives, and low/no alcohol options.


Environmental KPIs
  Year ended 30 June 2020 Year ended 30 June 2019 Change
Total energy consumption data – direct (kwh) 63,440,850 74,844,330 (15)%
Total energy consumption data – indirect (kwh) 55,798,051 68,690,116 (19)%
Fleet fuel card usage (litres) 330,161 444,825 (26)%
MSC certified sustainable seafood as a % of total seafood purchased 90% 70% 20ppt
Hazardous waste generation (tonnes) 2.53 1.89 34%
Non-recycled waste generation (tonnes) 228 326 (30)%
Waste recycled (tonnes) 2,132 2,894 (26)%
Total costs of environmental fines and penalties nil nil -
Percentage of sites covered by recognised environmental management systems such as ISO14001 or EMAS nil nil -
Total water usage (m3) 237,306 301,790 (21)%

Greenhouse gas emissions

An operational control approach has been used to define the Greenhouse Gas (“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.

All of Rank’s global operations are covered, comprising operations in the UK and Spain except for Stride which was acquired part way through the reporting period. Stride will be included from next year when a full year of data will be available.

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 July 2020. There are no notable omissions from the mandatory scope 1 and 2 emissions. 2% of emissions are based on estimated data.

GHG emissions data and total consumption

  • The reportable GHG emissions and total energy consumption for Rank for the reporting period is 26,154 tCO2e and 119,238,899 kWh respectively, tabulated by emissions source below.
Overall Consumption Summary
Ref. Emissions source 2019/20 2018/19 % of 2019/20 total change
A1 Gas (kWh) 60,088,597 71,895,740 50% (16)%
C Electricity (kWh) 55,798,051 75,963,726 47% (27)%
A2 Road Travel (kWh) 3,352,251 4,548,901 3% (26)%
  Total 119,238,899 152,408,368 100% (22)%
Energy consumption by country
Emissions source 2019/20 2018/19 % of 2019/20 total change
Gas (kWh) 58,583,952 70,298,594 52% (17)%
Electricity (kWh) 51,065,499 68,690,116 45% (26)%
Road Travel (kWh) 3,352,251 4,548,901 3% (26)%
Total 113,001,702 143,537,612 100% (21)%
Emissions source 2019/20 2018/19 % of 2019/20 total change vs last year
Gas (kWh) 564,439 669,920 13% (16)%
Electricity (kWh) 3,647,396 6,014,248 87% (39)%
Total 4,211,835 6,684,168 100% (37)%

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 NGR. Rank’s NGR 2019/20 was £638.1m, giving an intensity of 41.0 tCO2e per £m NGR, 27% lower than last year.

GHG emissions summary
    2019/20 2018-19
Ref. Category tCO2e % tCO2e %
A1 Fuel combustion (stationary): Gas 11,048 42.2% 13,218 36.9%
A2 Fuel combustion (mobile): Transport Fuel 824 3.2% 1,135 3.2%
B Facility operation: F-gases 217 0.8% 217 0.6%
C Purchased electricity 14,064 53.8% 21,214 59.3%
  Total 26,154 100.0% 35,785 100%
  Emissions Intensity (tCO2e per £m revenue) 41.0 - 56.1 -
Emissions by country, 2019/20
Emission source UK Spain Total
Fuel combustion (stationary): Gas 10,772 104 10,876
Fuel combustion (mobile): Transport Fuel 824 n/a 824
Facility Operation: F-gases 217 n/a 217
Purchased electricity 12,929 990 13,919
Air Travel 397 n/a 397
Materials use and waste 4,456 n/a 4,456
Total 29,595 1,093 30,688

1. CO2e is a universal unit of measurement used to indicate the global warming of greenhouse gases expressed in terms of global warming potential of one unit of carbon dioxide.
2. The prior year Tonnes of CO2e/£m revenue was calculated using GGR, to ensure consistency year on year the prior year number has been recalculated using NGR.
3. Well-to-tank emissions for fuels (electricity, gas, petrol, diesel and aviation fuel), which would sit within scope 3, are not included in the report.
4. The imposition of COVID-19 restrictions which required the closure of the UK venues from 23 March to beyond 30 June 2019 has accounted for much of the apparent reduction in UK emissions during 2019/20.
5. Stride Gaming plc is excluded. Rank acquired Stride part way through the reporting period, Stride will be included from next year when a full year of data will be available.
6. F-gas has been estimated due to challenges associated with COVID-19. Third-party electricity and gas data could also not be collected therefore the data for those sites is not included in this report.

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