As a consumer
All businesses require resources to enable them to operate. However, factors like climate change mean there’s more pressure on energy, natural resources and the wider environment. Therefore we continue to monitor and govern our consumption of resources and remain committed to meeting the challenge of ‘doing more business, with fewer resources and impacts’.
Please refer to the data centre section of this report for details of our consumption of natural resources.
Our 2015 Highlights include:
- The growth of our property investments has resulted in an increase in our overall carbon. However, our operational energy has decreased by 10% since 2013. Which equates to 15% reduction per policy.
- Our UK business miles have reduced by 21% when compared to our baseline year (2013). This equates to a 25% reduction of miles per policy.
- Carbon associated with our business travel and occupied properties has reduced from 1.62 to 1.44kg per policy, which is an 11% reduction.
- During 2015 we’ve been unable to exceed our 12.5% reduction in paper consumption in 2014, however, our paper consumed per policy is currently 5.5% lower than our baseline year of 2013.
- Whilst the overall volume of waste generated by our operations remains fairly constant, through gaining a better understanding of the makeup and value of our waste streams we have been able to final alternative routes to landfill and have increased our diversion of waste from landfill from 16.5% to 6.3%.
- We continue to procure all electricity for UK occupied locations and investment properties from renewable tariffs.