Environment

We recognise our duty to use resources responsibly and to minimise any environmental impacts of our business activities. Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing our society and we are aware of the increasing responsibility of businesses to tackle some of the world's most urgent environmental issues.

Given the nature of our operations, as an office-based operator using leased facilities, our environmental impact is relatively low compared with other sectors. Nonetheless, we are committed to reducing energy consumption and waste production within our office environments wherever possible and we have a number of strategies in place to achieve this.

This year, in the UK, we have increased the accuracy of our emissions data through compliance with the Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) regulations. We are publishing energy usage and emissions data for our business activities in the UK (involving the combustion of gas, fuels and the purchase of electricity) and we intend this year to form the base year to enable us to set realistic targets for future comparison. This information can be found in the Director’s Report. Last year we calculated direct emissions, from combustion of fuel (diesel and petrol) and operations of facilities, was 494 tonnes of CO2 (2,006,498 KWH). Alongside our mandatory reporting requirements we have built a CO2 dashboard, for use globally and we are making good progress in being able to measure our carbon footprint. This will help us investigate ways of reducing and offsetting our emissions at all our locations. This dashboard includes emissions from Cloud providers as well.

Read more about our environmental responsibility here.

Environment

Last year we calculated direct emissions from combustion of fuel (diesel and petrol) and operations of facilities, as 494 tonnes of CO2 (2,006,498 KWH). This year, in the UK, we have increased the accuracy of our emissions data with the Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) regulations. The data included this year covers greenhouse gas emissions and energy use data for the period 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 and will be used for future comparison. The data covers energy usage across all UK entities in the Group. Energy usage from subsidiaries outside of the UK are outside the scope of this report and therefore excluded from the figures below.

UK energy use FY 2021
Energy consumption used to calculate emissions (kWh) 571,221
Energy consumption break down (kWh):  
Natural Gas 76,716
Electricity 434,073
Reimbursed Mileage 60,432
Consumption in metric tonnes CO2e  
UK energy use FY 2021
Natural Gas (scope 1) 14.11
Purchased Electricity (scope 2) 101.20
Reimbursed fuel and electricity (scope 3) 23.69
Total gross emissions in metric tonnes CO2e 139.00
Intensity ration in tonnes CO2e per UK employee (FTE) 0.27

Environmental, Social and Governance Statement

As part of GBG’s ESG reporting, the following statement has been extracted from GBG’s 2021 Annual Report & Accounts.