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In 2016 Group-wide greenhouse gas ("GHG") emissions for continuing operations were 19,315 (2015: 22,611, 2014: 27,308 and 2013: 29,127) tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent ("CO2e"), representing a reduction of 14.6% on 2015. Emissions are calculated in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and include Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions.

Our emission data has been externally verified by Ecometrica. The Assurance Statement can be found here.

We were delighted to win two awards at the Carbon Disclosure Project UK Results event in 2015. The awards recognised how we improved our performance and enhanced our disclosure of our emissions-related information.

Energy use is the main cause of our emissions. In absolute terms, we have reduced our emissions significantly after rationalising and implementing an energy-savings plan across our estate. This covered location management, air-conditioning, heating and lighting, for instance. We are targeting a 30% like-for-like reduction in the Group’s energy use by 2020 against a 2013 baseline.

We communicate the details of a carbon management programme through the Carbon Disclosure Project

Throughout 2016, 100% of the Group's UK electricity was purchased on a green tariff.

Annual Report & Accounts 2016

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