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Our environment

Our environment
We have a responsibility to address the threat of climate change by managing our energy consumption and reducing our carbon emissions.

Our environment

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 CO2e 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 CO2e 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 2016​​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 2016 to 31st December 2016 (inclusive) are: 17,354 tCO2e for Scope 1 and 13,350 tCO2e for Scope 2.
 
TÜV UK Ltd
London
February 2017"
 
As our business has grown, we have focused on reducing our CO2e emissions intensity. During 2016 we further reduced our emissions intensity by 2%, giving a 17% 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 new 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. By the end of 2016, 80% of our employees were working in operations covered by the environmental management standard ISO 14001, with over 90% of employees working in operations that have or are currently working towards certification.
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