We are focused on a programme of constant improvement within all of our operations. Each year we set ourselves stretch targets to ensure that the impact of our Business operations on the environment is assessed and mitigated by implementing reduction strategies.
Last year, following the successful completion of our Environmental Improvement Plan, we set new targets for a 3% year-on-year reduction in our consumption of energy and water and a 3% reduction in the waste which our Businesses generate.
(based on absolute carbon emissions versus 2014/15 baseline)
Our main carbon reduction initiative during the year was the installation
of a new soap manufacturing plant within our Aba factory in Nigeria, which reduced the energy consumed during soap production by more than 50%. Again in Nigeria, our biggest factory footprint, we reduced emissions caused by diesel fuel usage by making greater use of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) electricity and increasing our usage of natural gas in our generator plants. Further ongoing energy saving initiatives at our other factories are focused on increasing the use of variable speed drives and modernising motors to deliver greater efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. We have also taken steps to reduce transportation, for example by using localised packaging suppliers in Nigeria.
(based on absolute water usage versus 2014/15 baseline)
Significant reductions in our water consumption have been achieved due to further advancement of our program of installing recycling cooling towers on two of the soap drier plants in our Nigerian factory in Aba. This is a rolling programme and we will continue to monitor water consumption across the whole Group.
(based on waste versus 2014/15 baseline)
A number of targeted activities have been undertaken to reduce both liquid and solid waste produced by the Group. During the year we commissioned new effluent treatment plants in Indonesia and at our plant in Ikorodu in Nigeria. Further trade waste reduction exercises were carried out at our UK factory which have reduced trade waste by 25%. We have improved our waste measurement methods in Nigeria and we now track both recycled and landfilled waste.
Ensuring that our packaging is as kind to the environment as our products are to consumers remains a focus for the Group. This is considered from the early stages of new product development processes all the way through to production. We continue to create a more efficient, recyclable and environmentally-kind packaging portfolio which delivers our products to our consumers in an efficient and enjoyable way but also enables us to reduce the environmental impact and manage this throughout the lifecycle of a product. In Indonesia and Asia we use post-consumer recycled Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in place of virgin PET and we are exploring the use of polymer additives to improve the performance, reduce the weight and improve consumer disposal of our product packaging. We have also made greater use of digital printing in the UK and Nigeria in order to reduce our waste and labelling write offs.
Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)
Since 2007, we have been working with the Carbon Disclosure Project as part of our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint. The CDP is an internationally renowned not-for-profit organisation which provides an independent global system to measure, manage, disclose and share environmental information. We currently report on Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions.
We are dedicated to making progress to tackle global environmental challenges and continue to take steps to make a positive contribution.