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Annual Report and Accounts 2021 to 2022

The Gambling Commission's 2021 to 2022 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.

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:

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.

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by non-financial indicators

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
Electricity: non-renewable
Electricity 150.97 151.41
Gas 33.19 33.87
Financial indicators £'000s £'000s
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

Waste arising by non-financial indicators
Non-financial indicators1 2021-22 (tonnes) 2020-21 (tonnes)
Total waste arising 11.60 9.77
Hazardous waste - -
Non-hazardous waste
Landfill - -
Reused and/or recycled 3.64 2.69
Waste composted - -
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:

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 for example for coolers.

Scope 3:

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

Use of finite resources by non-financial and financial indicators

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
Supplied 2,067.00 1,709.00
Per Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 6.19 4.84
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 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.

Andrew Rhodes
Chief Executive and Accounting Officer
19 July 2022

Marcus Boyle
19 July 2022


1 2020-21 numbers restated.

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