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We are committed to achieving sustainable growth while managing our impact on the environment, under our aim to “Do more with less”. We also recognize our role in supporting our customers to improve their own environmental performance. We support the Precautionary Principle through our commitment to measure and reduce our carbon footprint.

Aim: To reduce our environmental impact.

2014 shared goals:

  • Carbon intensity (people): -10%*
  • Carbon intensity (revenue): -10%*
  • Building energy intensity in SGS-owned offices: -10%*
  • Building energy intensity SGS-owned laboratories: -10%*
  • Complete waste inventory and reduction plan for SGS operations

*against a 2010 baseline

Please find in the following pages our full 2013 performance data for each part of our Environment pillar.

Full data is available in Excel format. Click to download the latest Data Bank Extract.

Assumptions, methodology and applied standards for our environmental performance

The baseline year for our environmental data is 2010. Any data related to energy within this section covers our electricity, vehicle fuel and non-transport fuel consumption. We apply the conversion factors from the “2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories”.

Any intensity data reported per unit of revenue is restated on a constant currency basis to allow comparability of data.

Our carbon emissions calculations cover emissions of carbon dioxide gas (CO2). Base year emissions have not been recalculated. Greenhouse gas (GHG) scope 1 emissions cover our direct consumption of fuel, including vehicle and non transport fuels. GHG scope 2 emissions derive from our electricity consumption. Scope 3 emissions cover our air and train travel.

Emissions factors are taken from the “IEA CO2 Highlights 2012”, published in March 2013. We collect activity data and calculate scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions using the methodology from “The Greenhouse Gas Protocol: A Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard (Revised Edition)”. Our source for global warming potentials is the “IPCC Fourth Assessment Report” (AR4 - 50 year). We use the ‘financial control’ consolidation approach.


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