We fully recognise the climate emergency and the urgent need for climate action. We are committed to taking immediate and impactful steps to reduce our carbon footprint whilst building our resilience to climate change that is already happening.
We have been measuring our carbon footprint since 2020 and in 2022, we set a net zero target or our Scope 1 and 2 emissions against a 2021 baseline, with a number of interim targets to keep us on track. We are working with external consultants, and have established a carbon working group with representation from key areas of the business, to deliver against this.
Our net zero roadmap is detailed in our Manifesto and available as a separate download.
Understanding that Scope 3 are our biggest emissions and are going to be extremely challenging to measure, we are already building our knowledge and liaising with our supply chain. We have pledged to make an ambitious net zero target for Scope 3 emissions as soon as we can credibly do so.
Our Willesden Junction, Enfield, Brixton, Heathrow and Wimbledon sites all run on 100% renewable energy, from biomass sources. All lighting for our Old Oak Sidings Materials Recycling Facilities comes from LEDs and we are installing solar panels on the main building in 2023.
All our fleet are ULEZ and Euro 6 compliant and we replace them on a three-year cycle which ensures they are the most efficient diesel engines available. We recognise the challenges in decarbonising our fleet but are exploring alternative technologies and will look to start to switch our fleet as soon as is viable.
Our company cars are all electric. We acknowledge that the carbon emissions from this fleet are a fraction of those of the rest of our fleet, but we see this step as an important signal of our commitment to making genuine progress in this area. We saved 60 tonnes CO2e in 2022 from using electric cars in place of combustion engine cars.
We are fully aware that climate change is already happening and that we face increased risk of heatwaves, flooding and other extreme weather events. We continue to build our understanding of the key risks to our business from climate change and how we can plan to build our resilience to those changes.
“Setting our net zero target for Scopes 1 and 2 has been an important step for us and we are already making huge strides in reducing these emissions in line with our roadmap. We are also focused on laying the foundations that will enable us to continue this progress in the longer term. But our big challenge in 2023 will be to get to grips with our Scope 3, knowing that these are likely to be at least 80% of our overall emissions.”
Jessica Crossan, Sustainability Advisor