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. During the 2018 year the Group made four acquisitions which have resulted in increased production and an associated increase in the production of GHG emissions. Although the performance at the end of 2018 appears to show an adverse performance compared to 2017, this is almost entirely due to the 2018 acquisitions, particularly the Ashland manufacturing business which has a much higher intensity ratio than the Group's average.
Greenhouse gas reporting for the 2018 year can be found in the 2018 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 the acquisition of Ashland manufacturing facilities has let to an increase in consumption. For SchlegelGiesse, consumption increased over the year due to a higher frequency of paint tanks cleaning in order to improve finished product quality as well as the impact of the Reguittii acquisition.
Water consumption for the 2018 year can be found in the 2018 Sustainability report.