2014/15 - we have achieved a further reduction in our carbon footprint. We include our organisational emissions and those of our directly managed properties in our calculations.
Since 2009 we have been a carbon neutral company. In 2015, our carbon offset contributed to the Cakit Run-of-river hydro project in Turkey and the Uganda Cookstoves project.
In 2006 we started to measure our carbon footprint, working with our partners Carbon Clear. With nearly 10 years' data available we have been able to monitor our reductions and evaluate the impact of our strategies
In the UK, our associate company, Riverpower, developed and invested in a small hydropower project on the De Lank river in Cornwall. This installation is generating around 400 MWh of sustainable energy each year.
De Lank River, Cornwall (insert - turbine house)
Carbon Management - Properties
We have an established culture of improving energy efficiency and sustainability. In 1995 we started to use the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) for individual projects to benchmark their performance.
Our approach is to analyse the performance of each building, exploiting natural attributes and addressing areas of inefficiency. We also look to exploit opportunities for renewable power wherever they arise be it photo-voltaic, small hydro or wind.
Carbon Management - Organisation
This year we have adopted a policy of acquiring company cars with emissions lower than 120g CO2/Km (previously 140g CO2/Km).
We aim to be efficient in the use resources and recycle materials wherever possible.
We are currently calculating our carbon footprint data for 2015/16.