Carbon Intensity Reduction
Understanding our carbon footprint is the first step to being able to do something about it. It is not just about what we do, but it’s about how we do it that is important. We are setting targets to aim for overall carbon intensity reduction across Viridor and all Pennon Group companies.
As part of Pennon Group, we follow the Government’s guidelines for calculating and reporting our greenhouse gas emissions.
Viridor was the first company in its sector to achieve the IS0 50001 standard, providing international best practice in energy management.
80% of our energy use takes place at 20% of our sites so were able to prioritise these when working to reduce our energy usage.
Our gross greenhouse gas emissions have increased primarily as a result of our recently commissioned energy recovery facilities reaching full operating capacity as we continue to wind-down our landfill operations. 93% of our gross emissions relate to landfill and ERF operations.
Our ERFs are fuelled by waste, composing of more than [55%] biogenic or renewable carbon, that would otherwise have gone to landfill. This has a clear resulting carbon benefit as a greater proportion of the energy embedded in the residual waste is extracted and methane generation form landfills is avoided. We are also committed in 2018/19 to calculate the overall carbon benefits of our recycling activities (although mostly ‘out of scope’), as we look to quantify our contribution to a more circular, low-carbon, economy.
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