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Environment: Carbon

Carbon

28.3% reduction in normalised carbon emissions

(per tonne of product) versus last year

We take responsibility for how our business may impact on the environment, from the way we manufacture, how consumers use our products to the logistics needed to bring them to market.

We are now two years into our three year environmental improvement plan, with our operating units showing good results and continued engagement in achieving our stretch targets for reducing our impacts on the environment.

We recognise our key role in responding conscientiously and doing the right thing in business to help minimise any adverse impacts to the environment. We continue to take positive steps to tackle issues and make a positive contribution to meeting global environmental challenges, including identifying and rigorously pursuing opportunities to reduce the Group’s reliance on unsustainable materials. We carefully balance our responsibilities, like any robust business, with the need to deliver ongoing margin improvement and excellent shareholder value.

Carbon - 10% reduction in absolute carbon emissions

Versus our 2011/12 baseline

Our approach focusses on achieving greater energy efficiency and reducing emissions associated with the types of fuels we consume to supply energy in our factories, through traditional fossil fuels, gas or electricity. Where possible, we are committed to using low carbon sources of energy and exploring the use of alternative, more fuel efficient processes.

The business continues to see a year on year reduction in both its absolute and normalised CO2 emissions. As stated in last year’s report, the new PZ Wilmar edible oil refining operation is included in this year’s data which has added over 200,000 tonnes of production to the business. However, absolute emissions have reduced by 10% and this equates to an outstanding reduction in normalised CO2 of 28.3% in the last financial year.

The Supply Chain Energy Reduction programme is at the heart of our environmental improvement. At the same time we are working with different organisations, such as Lancaster University, to establish our impact on the local environments and methods of improvement.

Our ambitious reduction programme has been achieved around the business, yielding energy and cost savings through a number of methods:

  • Instantaneous live energy monitoring has been installed at a further three factories during 2013/14. This provides a minute by minute measurement that helps to identify opportunities to save energy. Changes in working practices and new capital investment have resulted from our live monitoring systems, now installed in 40% of our factories
  • The use of specialised water treatment plants and processing equipment which use lower temperatures to work with high viscosity materials
  • Renewing the Thailand factory’s main chilled water and air compressors with the latest modern technology
  • Replacing traditional lighting with low energy LED lighting installations throughout our UK operations
  • Integrating air conditioning, heating, ventilation systems into the UK’s Building Management System to control units during operating hours and to employ auto-switch off at the weekends

 

Target – 12% carbon footprint reduction by 2015

Versus our 2011/12 baseline

 

Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

We have been working with the Carbon Disclosure Project since 2007 and are committed to reducing our carbon footprint. We currently report on Scope 1 and 2 emissions.

The CDP is an internationally renowned not-for-profit organisation which provides an independent global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information.