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Our policy and practices

All of the Group’s businesses are certified to the environmental management system ISO14001, which requires the setting of environmental goals and objectives focused on local aspects and impacts. In addition, we set expectations and monitor performance across the Group.

Land quality

The Chemring Energetic Devices (formerly Scot) facility, which is based in Downers Grove, Illinois, USA, is located on a site which has “superfund” status under the US contaminated land (CERCLA) regime. We continue to work with external consultants and the regulatory authorities to ensure that the legal obligations of the business in relation to this matter are fully satisfied.

Incidents

There were no significant environmental incidents in the year.

Performance

Greenhouse gas emissions

 

The Group is required to report on all of the emission sources that fall within our consolidated financial statement as specified under the Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors’ Report) Regulations 2013. We do not have responsibility for any emission sources that are not included in our consolidated statement.

We have converted the absolute values to carbon dioxide equivalents using the UK Government Conversion Factors for Company Reporting 2013 produced by Ricardo-AEA and the reporting period covered aligns with this financial report. We have not reported on our Scope 3 emissions.

Scope 1 Emissions 

Combustion of fuel in any premises, machinery or equipment operated, owned or controlled by the company

Quantity (Mwh)

Conversion factor

CO2e (tonnes)

Gas

61,184

0.18404

11,260

Heating oil

1,641

0.28594

469

Liquid petroleum gas (LPG)

409

0.21452

88

 

The use of any means of transport, machinery or equipment operated, owned or controlled by the company

Quantity (tonnes)

Conversion factor

CO2e (tonnes)

Diesel

162

3.1885

517

Liquid petroleum gas (LPG)

113

1.4929

168

Petroleum

44

3.0058

132

 

The operation or control of any manufacturing process

CO2e (tonnes)

On site waste incineration

10,864

Fugitive emissions

909

Product testing

9

 

 

With reference to the six Kyoto substances we do not emit hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons or sulphur hexafluoride. Values for carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxides are included in the above figures.

 

 

Scope 2 emissions

Purchased energy

Quantity (Mwh)

Conversion factor

CO2e (tonnes)

Electricity

 

 

 

          Australia           

1,001

0.84092

841

          Norway           

43,338

0.01669

723

          United Kingdom      

15,443

0.44548

6,879

          United States

39,763

0.52225

20,766

Steam

20,903

0.21644

4,524

 

Total Greenhouse gas emissions

Quantity (tonnes)

Scope 1

24,417

Scope 2

36,183

Total

60,600

 

Sources of emissions 2013

The above greenhouse gas report uses conversion factors provided by the UK Environment Agency. Our past conversion methodology differed from this and, to aid comparison, the following data uses our historic converters to display our emissions from electricity, gas and oil in carbon dioxide equivalents: 

 

Source 2013
(tonnes CO2
2012
(tonnes CO2)
2011
(tonnes CO2)
2010
(tonnes CO2)
2009
(tonnes CO2)
Electricity 43,244
 44,576 46,459 38,303 36,334
Gas 11,437  13,630 14,676 14,033 12,512
Oil 6229
 5,726 7,222 3,111 2,008
Total 60,910  63,932 68,357 55,447 50,854

The Group uses sales revenue for intensity measurement which it considers to be the most reliable comparator. Our intensity progress for electricity, gas and oil over the last five years is shown below.

 

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

Total emissions (tonnes CO2)*

60,910

63,932

68,357

55,447

50,854

Group revenue (£million)*

625

740

730

571

504

Tonnes CO2 per £million of revenue

97

         86

        94

        97

      101

* Group revenue and emissions exclude in-year acquisitions

 

 

All UK facilities participate in the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, with the exception of Chemring Energetics UK at Ardeer in Scotland, which operates under a Climate Change Agreement.

The Group participated in the 2013 Carbon Disclosure Project.

 

Waste

Our total waste generation increased during the year as a result of our ongoing construction and renewal programmes.

   2013
(tonnes waste)
2012
(tonnes waste)
2011
(tonnes waste)
2010
(tonnes waste)
2009
(tonnes waste)
Recycled, non-hazarous 2,240
 1,804 1,684 712 Not available
Recycled, hazardous  226  387 415 369 Not available
Not-recycled, non-hazardous  1,080  1,028 1,018 1,161 Not available
Not recycled, hazardous  490  469 388 360 Not available
Total 4,036
 3,688 3,505 2,602 1,876

Water

Our absolute water consumption varies each year within a narrow tolerance band, principally due to changes in product mix.

  2013
(m3
2012
(m3)
2011
(m3)
2010
(m3)
2009
(m3)
Total water consumption 1,606,541
 1,647,000 1,441,00 1,550,000 1,762,000
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