The Group is an environmentally conscious organisation, which acknowledges the impact its operations and services may, potentially, have on the environment. The Group fully complies with applicable legal and other compliance obligations, whilst at all times striving for best practice.
We are committed to continually investigating ways of minimising its impact on the environment. In order to help drive improvements in this area, managers within the Group are being given greater visibility on the environmental management steps we are taking under ISO 14001 (the relevant accreditation from the International Organization for Standardization), with a view to creating a positive culture where environmental issues are given due consideration wherever appropriate.
We have set out below further detail on the key aspects of our Environmental pillar, including our commitments, targets and activities, and a summary of some of the core initiatives we are undertaking to make an impact on the environment and issues of climate change. This includes:
- Environmental policy
- Energy usage
- CO2 / carbon emissions
- Waste management
The Group is committed to reducing its impact on the environment. As a global business, it is imperative that we set clear and transparent targets to reduce our carbon emissions, energy consumption, and waste. In doing so, we will make a real and measurable contribution to the climate crisis and agenda. In signing up to the UN Global Compact and aligning our sustainability framework to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals we have signalled our intent to continuously improve and contribute to this worldwide crisis.
The environment represents one of the four pillars which make up our sustainability framework. Within this pillar we make a number of commitments to our stakeholders to ensure we are actively addressing this hugely important agenda. These are:
We are committed to continually investigating ways of minimising our impact on the environment. We will do this through implementation initiatives which will reduce our energy and water consumption. Wherever practicable, we will reuse our resources to prevent the unnecessary waste of materials and greater recycling.
We are committed to fully complying with applicable legal and other compliance obligations in terms of the environment. We will achieve this through adoption of a sustainable governance practices and embedding environmental management and compliance across our business.
We are committed to making an impact and contributing to UN Sustainable Development Goal 12 through adopting sustainable and responsible consumption and production patterns across our value chain.
We are committed to supporting the UN SDG Goal 13 by taking actioning to combat climate change and its impacts. We will do this by reducing our carbon footprint and energy consumptions by:
- Raising awareness of good energy management across the business through internal communications and implementation of Group Environmental policies.
- Continuing to invest in more energy-efficient LED lighting across our sites.
- Setting challenging energy usage and carbon reduction targets in each of the countries we have a physical location globally.
How we will measure our progress against our commitments
We will measure our progress against our stated commitments through by monitoring and reporting against a number of data points highlighted below. To begin with we will measure and report on a UK basis, in the medium term expanding this out to 'Rest of World'. We have also highlighted recent initiatives with contribute towards making an impact against our commitments:
Contributing to the UN SDGs
Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
The UN highlights that sustainable consumption and production is about doing more and better with less. It is also about decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation, increasing resource efficiency and promoting sustainable lifestyles.
Sustainable consumption and production can also contribute substantially to poverty alleviation and the transition towards low-carbon and green economies.
As a Group, we are highly cognitive that we can make a hugely important contribution to this goal through the effective and efficient management of our supply chain. This includes how we manufacture and distribute our products, and how we effectively work with suppliers within the supply chain to ensure efficient and responsible consumption and product patterns.
Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
The Group is committed to supporting the climate change agenda. As a Group we have a minimal negative impact on the planet. However, we recognise there is always more that can be done to reduce carbon emissions, energy usage and waste. We continue to actively review the impact that we have on the planet throughout our supply chain and product lifecycle to further identify opportunities and to contribute to reducing targets. This includes reviewing how we will put in place plans to support the UK Government's recent announcement that the UK will need to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.
Our environmental policies at a glance
We have set out below our key environmental policies which help to drive our agenda and goal of making a measurable impact and contribution with regard to energy consumption and climate action:
Our current policy objective is to reduce energy usage year-on-year. We will be developing long-term energy reduction targets during FY22.
Greenhouse gas emissions (CO2e)
Our current policy objective is to reduce CO2 usage year-on-year. We will be developing a long-term target during FY22 in response to the UK Government’s commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050.
Our policy is to be fully compliant with all relevant waste legislation and our policy objectives are to:
- Promote reduction, reuse, rework and recycling, and minimise non-recyclable waste across the business.
- Reduce use of landfill and other adverse environmental impacts.
Further information on our full environmental policies can be found here.
Our progress and actions
We are continuing to reduce our carbon footprint and energy consumptions by:
- Raising awareness of good energy management across the business through internal communications and implementation of Group Environmental policies;
- Continuing to invest in more energy-efficient LED lighting across our sites; and
- Setting challenging energy usage and carbon reduction targets in each of the countries we have a physical location globally.
In addition, in FY22 we will continue to review our carbon footprint and energy consumption across the Group. For instance, in April 2021, we announced the launch of our Foscavir Infusion Bags in the USA. The launch of an IV bag presentation, which replaced glass vials, will result in lighter weight transportation and ultimately a reduced carbon footprint during transportation. This is just one example of how we continue to review of impact on the climate through our services.
In addition, we will seek to implement further changes to ways of working in order to continue to reduce our impact on the climate, including review of global business travel and use of climate friendly travel organisations.
The new SECR regulations came into effect on 1 April 2019. Under these UK regulations, we are obliged to report UK energy use and associated greenhouse gas emissions. The collection and creation of the SECR report was facilitated externally by TEAM (Energy Auditing Agency Limited). The SECR report covers Scope 1 direct emissions, which includes company-owned vehicles, Scope 2 indirect emissions from electricity purchased and Scope 3 emissions from private vehicles for business use. The SECR report matches the financial year for the year ended 30 June 2020. Using the latest figures provided by The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, TEAM converted the data into tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (‘tonnes of CO2e’) and categorised into Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 emissions.
The intensity measure variable that the Group has used is total carbon dioxide equivalent emissions (tonnes) per £m of turnover (using the turnover from the previous financial year ending June 2019). This is considered to be the best metric to alleviate any skew in the data as a result of the unprecedented impact of COVID-19. Furthermore, if the consumption increases due to an increase in business operation, i.e. generates more emissions and turnover during subsequent years, this metric allows for a good comparison across the years to determine whether the energy performance and carbon savings of the Group has improved.
The result for the year ending 30 June 2020 is an intensity ratio of 1.49 tonnes of CO2e per £m of turnover (using the turnover from the previous financial year ending June 2019). Full details on our CO2e can be found here.
During the period, the Group implemented a number of energy saving measures in its UK offices. These included, ensuring that the majority of office space is now illuminated by PIR LED lights, with a phased approach to ensure all lighting is illuminated by PIR LED lights as soon as possible, and setting temperature limits at 21°C with a dead band of three to four degrees between heating and cooling set points in fully air-conditioned areas to avoid conflict between individual control units.
The Group is committed to reducing both energy usage and greenhouse gases. The UK HSE management system has been upgraded in accordance with ISO 14001 to allow employees to access information on HSE-related matters including energy consumption, ensuring there is both visibility and engagement from all staff to ensure the Group’s carbon footprint can be improved. The new system was rolled out in September 2020 and UK staff will receive training through the year including information on how they can make a positive impact in this area. The Group is looking at rolling out similar initiatives in other locations around the world.
The Group aims to minimise energy and water consumption, and wherever practicable, reduce, recycle and reuse our resources to prevent the unnecessary waste of materials. This year we have focused on packaging, freight and our warehouse footprint. One of the main areas of focus within our Clinical Services business, in mainland Europe and the US, has been to fully implement, wherever possible, multi-use insulated shippers to avoid waste. From the Byfleet facility in the UK, we have also been working to significantly reduce the use of single-use passive temperature-controlled shippers, moving to temperature controlled vehicles as a delivery solution for the majority of UK customer freight. We are working to make the same change in other regions.
We will continue to promote recycling and waste disposal throughout the Group through education and audit through our Environmental Management System.
In addition, we will identify opportunities to reduce the environmental impact and waste relating to our product packaging, as part of our commitment to be more sustainable and reduce waste.
The Group holds ISO 14001 accreditation over its Environmental Management System (EMS). The H&S Management System was upgraded in 2020 in accordance with ISO 14001 to allow employees to access information on HSE-related matters including energy consumption, ensuring there is both visibility and engagement from all staff to ensure the Group’s carbon footprint can be improved. Adoption of an ISO standard EMS enables the business to:
- Continuously enhance our environmental performance;
- Fulfil compliance obligations; and,
- Achieve our environmental objectives.
In addition, the Group is registered with the Environment Agency in the UK as an approved packaging producer which demonstrates that we have met our recovery and recycling obligations under the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007 (as amended).
We have also engaged Valpak Limited, a third-party environmental specialist, to gather information, to help us to develop new strategies and comply with ESOS (the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/1643)), Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (‘SECR’), the energy and carbon reporting requirements under the Companies (Directors’ Report) and Limited Liability Partnerships (Energy and Carbon Report) Regulations 2018 (SI 2018/1155) and PRN (the Packaging Recovery Note requirements under the Producer Responsibility (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007).
From FY22, we will increase our monitoring and reporting across a range of environmental data points.
We ensure compliance with environmental laws and regulations through adopting a strong and sustainable governance. Further details on our sustainable governance framework can be found here.