The Group recognises its responsibility to achieve good environmental practice and continues to strive for improvement in its environmental impact.
The nature of its business results in the principal impact arising from energy and paper consumption.
Wherever possible, waste consumable materials are recycled or disposed of in a manner most suitable to reduce any impact on the natural environment. The Group’s business practices also encourage environmental good practice, and the increasing use of technology to facilitate information and data collection and dissemination has led to reduced demand for paper resources.
All employees are encouraged to participate in the implementation of this policy and suppliers of consumable products are encouraged to be environmentally friendly, wherever practical.
In compliance with the Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors’ Reports) Regulations 2013 requirements, the Group is now reporting on greenhouse gas emissions in our Annual Report. The Group believes that the approach it has taken, incorporating the use of relevant audited costs and data sourced from highly regarded public bodies, is robust, but it will undoubtedly be refined in future years. It is currently using 2012 as its base year for emissions reporting. As well as providing a summary of the Scope 1 and Scope 2 CO2 emissions produced, an intensity ratio using Group revenue is also included, showing a reduction in intensity of 4.4% in 2013 over the base year performance.