The policies cover areas such as the use of materials, including the principles of use, re-use and recycle. These policies support the ongoing energy efficiency programmes carried out during the year, as part of the continued drive for increasing efficient methods of production including the minimisation of waste materials.
All Divisions have programmes for the ongoing maintenance of plants and investment in new processes, including the improvement of recycling facilities in all locations. The Divisions actively promote the reduction of materials used in all aspects of production. The actions taken in compliance with these policies support both the efficient use of natural resources and achieving operational efficiencies.
As part of the footprint rationalisation the move to energy efficient buildings is part of the Group’s drive for operational excellence in all areas of its operations, for the benefit of everyone working in these premises and for production and energy efficiencies.
Greenhouse gas emissions
The majority of greenhouse gas emissions used arise from the manufacturing processes throughout the Group, together with the running of the Group and divisional offices and an element of air travel. Where possible alternative technologies are used to minimise the use of travel between sites, with video conference calls used extensively by colleagues to communicate outside of scheduled meeting times.
Each Division seeks to reduce emissions wherever possible and to review and improve the recycling facilities in all locations. As part of the footprint rationalisation the move to purpose-built facilities has provided several opportunities to operate more in energy efficient premises and to upgrade and improve production processes.
All facilities undertake energy efficiency programmes during the year, as part of a continual drive for increasing efficient methods of production including the minimisation of waste materials.
The Group applies the GHG Protocol as the basis for reporting its emissions. Emissions reporting includes the facilities over which the Group has operational control. The performance at the end of 2017 shows a positive trend over the past three years, helped by the Group’s footprint rationalisation and continued investment in new, built for purpose manufacturing and warehouse facilities.
Greenhouse gas reporting for the 2017 year can be found in the 2017 Sustainability report.
The Group started monitoring water usage in 2015, as an acknowledgement of the expansion of the Group and its use of natural resources and the wish to ensure the efficient use of this resource.
The increased production in both the AmesburyTruth and SchlegelGiesse Divisions during the year has caused the resultant increase in the use of water throughout their operations.
Water consumption for the 2017 year can be found in the 2017 Sustainability report.