In an increasingly competitive and resource constrained world, we recognise the need to minimise our environmental impacts through managing our energy consumption, with the aim of reducing our CO2
e emissions intensity; managing the production and disposal of effluent and waste; and reducing water use.
Managing carbon emissions
Climate change is widely recognised as a global threat, with the potential to affect world environmental, social, political and economic systems. In accordance with national and international directives on climate change, we endeavour to continuously reduce the carbon intensity of our business and implement strategies to minimise our carbon footprint. We have measured and reported our CO2
e emissions for several years and since 2013 have had our emissions data audited with limited assurance provided by TÜV UK Ltd, part of the TÜV NORD Group. Please view TÜV UK Ltd's full verification statement for 2017. A short version of the statement is given as follows:
“TÜV UK Ltd is acting as the independent verifier of the carbon footprint of Spirax Sarco. Based on our checks and reviews, taking into consideration a materiality level of 10% and a limited level of assurance we have found no evidence suggesting that the calculated greenhouse gas emissions are materially misstated and, hence, they are not an unreasonable assertion of the greenhouse gas-related data and information. Further, no facts became evident, which led us to the assumption that the calculation was not carried out in accordance with the applied international norm for the quantification, monitoring and reporting of GHG emissions (GHG-Protocol).
The emissions for the reporting period 1st January 2017 to 31st December 2017 (inclusive) are: 17,230 tCO2e for Scope 1 and 14,828 tCO2e for Scope 2.
TÜV UK Ltd
As our business has grown, we have focused on reducing our CO2e emissions intensity. During 2017 we further reduced our emissions intensity by 4%, giving a 20% reduction in emissions intensity since 2013, our benchmark year.
Managing effluent and waste
Reducing the amount of waste generated by our operations and the quantity of waste sent to landfill is an important component of managing our environmental sustainability. Recycling schemes are in operation across the Group and we have dedicated contractors to proactively manage waste. We also seek to prevent the creation of waste within our operations.
Managing water use
Clean water is a valuable resource and we aim to use water responsibly. A number of our sites have been designed to facilitate the management of water. For example, during the construction of our UK Technology Centre (R&D), we installed a 2,000 litre rainwater harvesting tank which is used to flush lavatories at the site. At our factory in Mexico, constructed during 2013, rainwater harvesting provides water for bathrooms and, once treated, for water fountains, while grey water (generated by hand washing) is used to irrigate the gardens.
Environmental management standard ISO 14001
ISO 14001: 2004 is an international environmental management standard. Certification to the standard provides assurance to the managers and employees of a company, as well as external stakeholders, that the environmental impact of a business is being managed and improved. The certification process is rigorous, requiring external auditing against prescribed standards, including waste management and energy consumption. Many of our operating companies have achieved certification to ISO14001, with the majority of our employees working in operations covered by the standard.