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Annual Report and Accounts 2020 to 2021

The Gambling Commission's 2020 to 2021 Annual Report and Accounts

  1. Contents
  2. Performance report
  3. Sustainability report

Sustainability report

This sustainability report complies with the requirements of the Greening Government Commitments – the UK government’s commitments to delivering sustainable operations and procurement.

Corporate Responsibility

As part of our commitment to corporate responsibility the Commission seeks to have a positive role in the lives of our employees and our community. We do so by:

  • being a responsible employer (see Staff Report)
  • reviewing and minimising our impact on the environment (see Sustainability Report)
  • supporting our local community through our relationship with LoveBrum
  • ensuring we maintain robust anti-corruption and anti-bribery policies.

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

These are commonly referred to as carbon accounting or carbon footprinting and are split into three:

Scope 1:

Direct GHG emissions – these occur from sources owned or controlled by the Commission, for example, emissions as a result of combustion in boilers, or emissions from fleet vehicles.

Scope 2:

Energy indirect emissions – as a result of electricity that we consume which is supplied by another party, for example, electricity supply in buildings.

Scope 3:

Other indirect GHG emissions – all other emissions which occur as a consequence of our activity but which are not owned or controlled by the Commission, for example emissions as a result of staff travel on official business.

Non-financial indicators 2020-21 tonnes CO2e 2019-20 tonnes CO2e
Total Gross Emissions for Scopes 1 & 2 (procured electricity, gas and fleet vehicles including pool cars) 41.53 87.93 *
Gross emissions attributable to Scope 3 (indirect emissions and official business travel) 5.22 96.00
Related energy consumption thousand kWh thousand kWh
Electricity: non-renewable
Electricity 151.41 291.83
Gas 33.87 21.94**
Financial indicators £'000s £'000s
Expenditure on energy 22.72 28.99
Expenditure on official business travel 1.03 293.67

Waste minimisation and management

Data on waste is collated (in line with Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate (SOGE) targets) for all offices and land owned by the Commission:

  • waste to landfill (residual office waste)
  • waste reused/recycled (paper, aluminium cans & glass)
  • waste incinerated
  • hazardous waste.
Non-financial indicators2020-21 tonnes CO2e2019-20 tonnes CO2e
Total waste arising9.7722.56
Hazardous waste--
Non-hazardous waste
Waste composted--
Incinerated with energy recovery7.0713.41*
Incinerated without energy recovery--

Use of finite resources

This category is broken down into use of water, energy and other finite resources. Water sources are classified by:

Scope 1: Water owned or controlled by the Commission. This would include water reserves in lakes, reservoirs and boreholes.

Scope 2: Purchased water, steam or ice. This would include mains water supply as well as other deliveries of water i.e. for coolers.

Scope 3: Other indirect water. This would include embodied water emissions in products and services.

Non-financial indicators 2020-21 m3 2019-20 m3
Water consumption (office estate), Scope 3
Supplied 1,709.00 2,365.00*
Per FTE 4.84 6.70*
Financial indicators£'000s £'000s
Water supply costs (office estate) --
Water supply costs (non-office estate) --

Sustainable procurement

Many of the Commission’s contracts are awarded through pan government frameworks operated by Crown Commercial Services (CCS). This allows us to take advantage of the CCS active sustainable procurement policy to ensure that environmental obligations are properly reflected.

CCS has also implemented the DEFRA2 sustainable procurement prioritisation tool to support decision making and, where appropriate, sustainability obligations are included within contracts let by CCS to ensure that:

  • goods and services are purchased on a whole life costs basis
  • performance can be monitored throughout the life of the contract.

The use of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) for supply of goods and services across the Commission exceeds the Government’s 25% target. During 2020-21, 26% of our procurement expenditure was sourced from SMEs (2019-20: 30%).


* 2019-20 figure have been restated to correctly reflect the consumption during the period.

** 2020-21 gas consumption is higher compared to prior year, due to issues with old boilers needing to be kept on during Q4, this was resolved in May 2021

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