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Our energy consumption in 2013 increased by 4.2% against 2012 to 610,920 MWh. Our Green Book indicates electricity costs have risen by 12.0%, due to both greater consumption and higher prices. Our CO2 emissions increased by 9.9% against 2012 to 245 tonnes, an increase of 27.4% against our 2010 baseline. This is against a backdrop of our headcount growing by over 20%, and revenue by over 30%, since 2010.
 
During 2013, we conducted a review to determine whether the following elements would necessitate a baseline restatement for the 2010 CO2 data:

  • Structural changes (acquisitions and disposals)
  • Changes in the calculation methodology
  • Improvements in the accuracy of emission factors or activity data

Following detailed analysis of each area, we concluded that based on available information, the cumulative effect of structural changes or other changes have not reached a level that would trigger a baseline restatement. We will, however, continue to monitor this situation in relation to future acquisitions. In addition, as part of the acquisition process, a procedural change will be made to ensure that the baseline data (2010) and data from subsequent years is available as part of the due diligence process. This will facilitate and simplify the process of reviewing the cumulative effect of acquisitions on reported emissions and other data.

Full data on our energy and carbon emissions is available in our Data Bank.

 

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  • 2013 Progress Against Targets

    Target Achieved? Progress in 2013
    Reduce CO2 emissions per employee (full time equivalent employee) by 10% by 2014 against the 2010 baseline In progress CO2 emissions intensity per employee has increased by 3.7% to 4.43 tonnes. This was mainly due to an increase in electricity consumption, with emissions from air and train travel and non-transport fuel emissions both decreasing. Despite an increase in headcount, examples of factors increasing electricity consumption in some of our largest markets include greater reliance on electricity rather than diesel generators due to a more reliable grid supply, a significant acquisition, relocation of some offices, and an expansion in business volume, particularly in more energy-intensive industries
    Reduce CO2 emissions per unit revenue by 10% by 2014 against the 2010 baseline In progress

    CO2 emissions intensity per unit of revenue has increased by 4.0% to 51.5 tonnes*. This was mainly due to an increase in electricity consumption, with emissions from air and train travel and non-transport fuel emissions both decreasing. Despite an increase in revenue, examples of factors increasing electricity consumption in some of our largest markets include greater reliance on electricity rather than diesel generators due to a more reliable grid supply, a significant acquisition, relocation of some offices, and an expansion in business volume, particularly in more energy-intensive industries

    *Constant currency basis      

    Reduce CO2 emissions associated with SGS offices by 10% by 2014, and by 20% by 2020, against the 2010 baseline In progress CO2 emissions have decreased for offices by 4.7%. This comparison uses the original scope of our Energy Efficiency in Buildings program to give a like-for-like comparison with a revised methodology; in 2013, the scope of this program has been extended to include newly acquired buildings
    Reduce CO2 emissions associated with SGS laboratories by 10% by 2014, and by 20% by 2020, against the 2010 baseline In progress CO2 emissions have decreased for laboratories by 5.5%. This comparison uses the original scope of our Energy Efficiency in Buildings program to give a like-for-like comparison with a revised methodology; in 2013, the scope of this program has been extended to include newly acquired buildings

  • Performance on Our Commitments for 2013

    Commitment for 2013 Achieved? Progress in 2013 Commitment for 2014
    Expand reporting of our greenhouse gas emissions by type by 2014 In progress In 2013 we began reporting our emissions in our Sustainability Report by ‘scope’- see our Data Bank for more information. Based on analysis of NOX, SOX  and ODS emissions from a sample of laboratories, extrapolated to the whole Group, we have concluded that these are not material to the business N/A
    Further expand the implementation of our Green Building Guidelines On track The guidelines have been distributed to a variety of affiliates in 2013, and been used in some major construction projects Ongoing
    Review our methodology to provide information on our Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB) project under the WBCSD Manifesto Achieved We have reviewed the methodology and increased the scope of buildings covered by the data collection N/A
    Further investigate possibilities linked to electric vehicles for our fleet Achieved Some affiliates have begun to use electric or hybrid electric vehicles in 2013, such as The Netherlands and Taiwan

    N/A

  • Our Commitments

    • Further promote the Green Building guidelines and sustainable CAPEX projects through our affiliates in 2014
    • Strengthen the network of facility managers engaged in Energy Efficiency in Buildings throughout the company in 2014
    • Roll-out the “Doing more with Lëss” campaign in at least 10 more affiliates in 2014
    • Share the best practice learnings from our videoconferencing pilot to promote this technology and reduce business travel in 2014
    • Share best practice with other WBCSD members on green buildings in 2014
    • Review fleet procurement for the Europe region in 2014, incorporating sustainability criteria