Annual Report and Accounts 2021 to 2022
This sustainability report complies with the requirements of the Greening Government Commitments – the UK government’s commitments to delivering sustainable operations and procurement.
Baseline paper usage
Thirty reams of A4 paper (five 2020-21) and five reams of A3 paper were purchased during 2021-22 costing £111 (£14 2020-21).
Climate change adaptation strategy
The Gambling Commission has undertaken a significant investment in technology to support hybrid working, reduced emissions in commuting to and from work, and also work-related travel. A Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) has not been undertaken to date but may be considered in future years.
Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions
These are commonly referred to as carbon accounting or carbon foot printing and are split into three:
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.
Energy indirect emissions – as a result of electricity that we consume which is supplied by another party, for example, electricity supply in buildings.
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.
Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by non-financial indicators
|Non-financial indicators||2021-22 (tonnes CO2e)||2020-21 (tonnes CO2e)|
|Total Gross Emissions for Scopes 1 and 2 (procured electricity, gas and fleet vehicles including pool cars)||38.13||41.53|
|Gross emissions attributable to Scope 3 (indirect emissions and official business travel)||7.76||5.22|
|Related energy consumption||thousand kWh||thousand kWh|
|Expenditure on energy||31.61||22.72|
|Expenditure on official business travel||32.21||1.03|
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 and/or recycled (paper, aluminium cans and glass)
- waste incinerated
- hazardous waste.
Waste arising by non-financial indicators
|Non-financial indicators1||2021-22 (tonnes)||2020-21 (tonnes)|
|Total waste arising||11.60||9.77|
|Reused and/or recycled||3.64||2.69|
|Incinerated with energy recovery||7.96||7.07|
|Incinerated without energy recovery||-||-|
Due to being tenants in a commercial building, we have not been able to secure all the information expected in accordance with the Government Financial Reporting Manual (FReM). We will work with our landlords to ensure this is available for 2022-23.
Use of finite resources
This category is broken down into use of water, energy and other finite resources. Water sources are classified by:
Water owned or controlled by the Commission. This would include water reserves in lakes, reservoirs and boreholes.
Purchased water, steam or ice. This would include mains water supply as well as other deliveries of water for example for coolers.
Other indirect water. This would include embodied water emissions in products and services.
Use of finite resources by non-financial and financial indicators
|Non-financial indicators||2021-22 (m3)||2020-21 (m3)|
|Water consumption (office estate), Scope 3|
|Per Full Time Equivalent (FTE)||6.19||4.84|
|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 is below the Government’s 25 percent target. During 2021-22, 13 percent of our procurement expenditure was sourced from SMEs (21 percent 2020-21)1, this is due to the increased expenditure for the National Lottery competition.
Chief Executive and Accounting Officer
19 July 2022
19 July 2022
1 2020-21 numbers restated.
Last updated: 31 August 2022
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