Awareness of the environment and considering how to reduce our impact on it is not new for Bunzl nor is it a passing phase. Environmental programmes have been in place for many years, are rigorously enforced and are consistently reviewed and checked for improved performance as a key area of our Corporate Responsibility.
ISO 14001 is an international standard on the design and implementation of effective environmental management systems. All Bunzl businesses within UK & Ireland are ISO 14001 accredited.
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The Group has identified its major environmental impacts as:
Fuel consumption for the transportation of products to customers
Energy consumption to run warehouses
Management of on-site waste, which is predominantly transit packaging
Reduction of Carbon Footprint
In 2012 the Group set quantified objectives for the reduction of Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions.
Our target had been to reduce emissions relative to revenue by 2%. To improve the transparency of performance we report each scope separately.
The results in 2014 from our base year of 2010 were:
-27% for Scope 1
-7% for Scope 2
Fuel for transportation deliveries contributes about 82% of Bunzl’s Scope 1 emissions. In 2014 the level of fuel consumption per £000 of revenue decreased year on year by 5%. We continually seek to reduce the amount of fuel used by our fleet through the selection of vehicles, routing systems and improving drivers’ skills.
Scope 1: emission rates per £m of revenue have decreased between 2013 and 2014 by 4% and from 2010, our base year, by 25%. Fuel for transportation contributes about 83% of Bunzl’s Scope 1 emissions. Fuel efficiency has increased through improved driver behaviour as a result of training and the use of telematics providing in-cab feedback on driver driving styles and behaviour. In addition we regularly renew our fleet and new vehicles introduced in the UK are showing significant reductions in fuel consumption. Many of the businesses acquired since 2010 do not operate their own transport fleets and there has been some transfer from own fleet to carriers where this has been shown to be more cost effective. Natural gas consumption has been positively affected by a number of site consolidations, a focus on usage and boiler maintenance and a relatively warm winter.
Scope 2: emission rates per £m of revenue have decreased between 2013 and 2014 by 2% and from 2010, our base year, by 7%. We have continued to implement a number
of measures to reduce electricity consumption including the installation of energy efficient lighting systems and voltage optimisation equipment, replacement of battery chargers with high frequency energy efficient chargers and ‘Switch off’ campaigns. During 2012 the Group invested more than £500,000 in a further 10 projects with payback periods of up to three years giving estimated annual savings of almost 3 million kwh.
Our direct water usage and emissions are minimal. Water usage is principally confined to workplace cleaning and hygiene purposes. In 2011 we completed a water audit to confirm usage and emissions to water. This has confirmed our initial view but we will continue to monitor both usage and emissions in our annual environmental audit.
The Bunzl Risk Management Committee comprising representatives from around the world meets quarterly to develop policy, share initiatives and review environmental performance. Green Teams have been established covering all of our UK businesses. This involves regular meetings of key stakeholders to review the strategic environmental policies and drive best practice through the operating companies.
Bunzl UK works with customers and suppliers to promote the reduction of waste through elimination of transit packaging. It also keeps abreast of developments in materials to identify opportunities to substitute more environmentally friendly packaging. In addition there has been much activity in the Group to improve the segregation of waste, with some of our facilities achieving zero waste to landfill. This not only applies to our warehouses but also to our offices where printer cartridges, paper, coffee cups and cardboard are all recycled.
Through the year there has been an improvement in the segregation of waste, with some of our facilities achieving zero waste to landfill. Where segregation of waste for recycling is not possible we continue to seek an increase of waste to incineration in preference to landfill.
In 2013 Bunzl set up a pan European working group to review compliance with the EU Timber Regulation which came into effect in March 2013. The majority of timber based products supplied by Bunzl UK & Ireland are sourced from major suppliers based within the
EU and much of it is from recycled paper. For those products sourced from outside the EU, and for which Bunzl therefore has Operator responsibilities, we are working with our suppliers to ensure compliance with the Regulation.
Bunzl Annual Reports include key performance indicators for Scope 1 and Scope 2 Carbon
Emissions and Fuel Usage Carbon Disclosure Project includes Bunzl’s environmental performance. This is a not-for-profit organisation that works with the world’s largest
investors, businesses and governments to drive greenhouse gas emissions reduction