Annual report and Accounts 2019 to 2020
This sustainability report complies with the requirements of the Greening Government Commitments – the UK government’s commitments to delivering sustainable operations and procurement.
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||2019-20 tonnes CO2e||2018-19 tonnes CO2e|
|Total Gross Emissions for Scopes 1 & 2 (procured electricity, gas and fleet vehicles including pool cars)||99.69||78.21|
|Gross emissions attributable to Scope 3 (indirect emissions and official business travel)||96.00||147.72|
|Related energy consumption||thousand kWh||thousand kWh|
|Expenditure on energy||28.99||36.18|
|Expenditure on accredited offsets||–||–|
|Expenditure on official business travel||293.67||416.93|
* The Commission recognises that there has been a signiﬁcant increase in utilities consumption during FY 2019-2020 in comparison to FY 2018-2019. This is due to an isolated, unexplained spike in electricity usage for the period May 2019.
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 indicators||2019-20 tonnes||2018-19 tonnes|
|Total waste arising||22.56||25.31|
|Incinerated with energy recovery||2.75||4.30|
|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||2019-20 m3||2018-19 m3|
|Water consumption (office estate), Scope 2|
|Water supply costs (office estate)||-||-|
|Water supply costs (non-office estate)||-||-|
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 2019-20, 30% of our procurement expenditure was sourced from SMEs (41% 2018-19).Previous section
Last updated: 27 July 2023
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