The following table illustrates our combined CO2 equivalent
emissions for Electricity, Gas and Diesel usage:
Year-on-year we've continued to make significant progress in
reducing CO2 emissions, dropping from 44.2 tonnes in 2008 to 43.8
tonnes in 2009 (per £million of turnover).
Saint-Gobain now obtains over 80% of its electricity from good
quality CHP sources. This equates to just half of the carbon
footprint of standard 'grid' electricity. A further 10% is from
renewable sources, which produce electricity that has a zero carbon
The achievement of ISO14001 accreditation across the entire
Jewson network will continue to have a positive impact on the drive
to reduce CO2 emissions throughout our business.
We made significant progress in this area with a drop of 10.2%
on the total amount of water used compared with 2008. During 2009
we continued our programme of monitoring water used by specific
sites was and rectifying any leaks. This will continue to have a
positive effect over the coming year.
As members of the WWF-UK Forest and Trade Network we continue to
implement the 'Stepwise' approach to timber procurement. We also
increased the number of branches with Chain of Custody and exceeded
our projected target for certified timber of 73%.
During 2009 we completed the roll-out of our waste management
plan to all other brands with the SGBD network. We exceeded our
target of 19,400 tonnes in 2009 and we are confident the plans now
in place will ensure we meet our commitment to halve waste to
landfill by 2012 against 2008.
This is the target set out in the UK Sustainable Construction
Strategy 2008 and is a realistic target while we continue with our
long-term aim of zero waste to landfill.
Progress has been made since 2008 and we aim to continue to work
with our major suppliers to achieve our targeted 20% reductions.
SGBD UK & Ireland has put in place a target to reduce the
amount of Packaging Waste on the products we purchase by 20% by
Note: Data covers all SGBD UK & Ireland companies. Whilst
the data is prepared using a combination of specific measurements
and some estimates, we believe that the information represents a
fair benchmark position from which to measure future improvements
in our environmental performance.