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Our energy consumption (non-transport fuels, vehicle fuels and electricity) in 2014 increased by 0.9% against 2013 to 616,202 MWh. The growth of revenue for SGS is 5.4% in constant currency. Our Green Book indicates electricity spend has risen by 4%, due to an increase in electricity consumption of 0.5% and higher costs in some affiliates. Our absolute CO2 emissions have decreased by 0.4% against 2013 to 243,840 tonnes, and increased by 27% against our 2010 baseline. This is against a backdrop of our headcount growing by more than 25%, and our revenue growing by over 40% since 2010.

Charts are available in our Data Bank on the following page:

Carbon Emissions

Indexed Environment Figures

In 2013 we began reporting our emissions in our Sustainability Report by ‘scope’.

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.

During 2013, we conducted a review to determine whether the following elements would necessitate a baseline restatement of 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 and acquisitions justifies a restatement of our baseline. In addition, as part of the acquisition process, a procedural change will be made to ensure that the baseline data 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.

In 2014, we have made acquisitions impacting significantly our CO2 emissions, particularly in France and we will therefore conduct a review in 2015 to determine the necessity of a baseline restatement. After 5 years of reporting experience we will decide in 2015 on which baseline we will report in the future.

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

 

This webpage includes information on “G4” General Standard Disclosure G4-22. See Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for further details on the alignment of the Sustainability Report to “G4”.

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  • Progress Against Our 2014 Commitments


    2014 Commitment Status Update on Progress
    Address specific sustainability priorities in our affiliates through targeted sustainability workshops in 2014 Achieved During 2014, sustainability workshops took place in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Uruguay. The main sustainability topics discussed related to employee natural turnover, energy efficiency in buildings, and waste management
    Target Ahieved? Progress in 2014

    Reduce CO2 emissions per employee (full time equivalent employee) by 10% by 2014 against the 2010 baseline

    Carbon Per Employee

    On track CO2 emissions intensity per employee has decreased by 5.1% against 2013 to 4.20 tonnes, indicating an improvement in overall energy consumption linked to FTE headcount. Factors contributing to our energy intensity per employee include a greater reliance in some affiliates to the use of electricity generators which are considered more reliable than diesel generators, the acquisition of one significant business in France, the relocation of some offices, and increases in business volume, particularly in more energy-intensive industries. Despite a higher use of video conferencing across our operations, air and train business travel used to generate revenue has increased by 20% on 2013. Since 2010, we have reduced our CO2 emissions per employee by 6.6%, which is a significant improvement. However, this falls short of our target of 10% by the end of 2014. This is against a backdrop of our headcount growing by more than 25%, and our revenue growing by over 40% since 2010. We remain committed to further reducing our emissions intensity as part of our Energy Efficiency in Buildings commitments.

    Reduce CO2 emissions per unit revenue by 10% by 2014 against the 2010 baseline

    Carbon Per Revenue

    Achieved

    CO2 emissions intensity per unit of revenue has decreased by 6.1% to 54.25 tonnes*. This was mainly due to improved facilities management, around 80 energy efficiency projects – many of which helped us to significantly reduce energy consumption in our buildings and deliver some improvement in our vehicle fleet efficiency. Factors influencing our emissions intensity per revenue include increased revenue, higher electricity consumption in some of our larger markets due to greater reliance on electricity generators which are considered more reliable than diesel generators, the acquisition of one significant business in France, the relocation of some offices, and increases in business volume, particularly in more energy-intensive industries. Despite the higher use of video conferencing across our operations, air and train travel used to generate revenue has increased by 20% on 2013. We nearly achieved our target of a 10% reduction in emissions intensity per unit of revenue (9.8%). This is against a backdrop of our headcount growing by more than 25%, and our revenue growing by over 40% since 2010. We remain committed to further reducing our emissions intensity as part of our Energy Efficiency in Buildings commitments.

    *Constant currency basis

    Reduce CO2 emissions associated with SGS offices by 10% by 2014, and by 20% by 2020, against the 2010 baseline

    Building Intensity

    On track

    Building energy intensity in our offices has decreased by 15% against our 2011 baseline to 227 kWh/m2, within the monitored scope (five offices).

    During this period, we added three offices to the scope and closed one. While the laboratory areas of these additional buildings are more energy efficient (on average 228 kWh/m2), the office areas of these buildings are less efficient (on average 251 kWh/m2).

    Reduce CO2 emissions associated with SGS laboratories by 10% by 2014, and by 20% by 2020, against the 2010 baseline

    Building Intensity

    On track

    Building energy intensity in our laboratories has decreased by 5% against our 2011 baseline to 396 kWh/m2, within the monitored scope (34 laboratories).

    During the period, we added 14 laboratories to the scope. While the laboratory areas of these additional buildings are more energy efficient (on average 228 kWh/m2), the office areas are less energy efficient (on average 251 kWh/m2).

    In 2014, CO2 emissions from both offices and laboratories represented 28,000 tonnes.

  • Our 2015 Commitments

    • Every affiliate in Europe will have implemented Spot the Orange Dot campaign by the end of 2015
    • Facility management conference in Taunusstein to bring awareness to facility managers of energy saving
    • Further promote the Green Building guidelines and sustainable CAPEX projects through our affiliates in 2015
    • Strengthen the network of facility managers engaged in Energy Efficiency in Buildings throughout the company in 2015
    • Conduct a further 50 energy audits in major facilities around the world
    • Establish targets to reduce our C02 emissions in our supply chain
    • Roll-out the “Doing more with Lëss” campaign in at least 10 more affiliates in 2015
    • Share the best practice learnings from our videoconferencing pilot to promote this technology and reduce business travel in 2015
    • Share best practice with other WBCSD members on green buildings in 2015
    • Review fleet procurement for the Europe region in 2015 incorporating sustainability criteria