As both a company and as a group of driven individuals, we are determined to achieve a low-carbon economy. We believe our partners share our commitment, and we are always searching for the
We achieved the Carbon Trust Standard
This certification is an independent confirmation that we have been measuring, monitoring and managing our carbon footprint to best practice. We went through a thorough assessment procedure based on established international measurement systems, including the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and ISO 14064.
Achieving the Carbon Trust Standard is recognition that we manage carbon through effective governance procedures, accurate carbon accounting and management programmes.
Green Office - the national rollout
We launched our latest initiative on 5th June – World Environment Day – and, following the success of trials at our main offices, the scheme will now be rolled out across all our 350 sites in 2011.
Our Green Office programme encourages staff to make smaller changes for the greater good. This includes switching off lights, using low-energy bulbs, replacing disposable cups with reusable ones and introducing double-sided printing and centralised recycling.
Each of our sites has a nominated Green Office Champion who will be responsible for setting up the scheme locally, collating and reporting on key data. This is a great opportunity to share best practice and continue our dedication and leadership, to improve our environment in the workplace.
Green500 Platinum award
This year, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, presented us with the Green500 Platinum award for our commitment to reducing carbon emissions in the capital. The Green500 programme helps to deliver the Mayor’s target to cut London’s carbon emissions by 60% by 2025.
Achieving the Green500 Platinum award is greatly motivating, as our operations cover vast areas of London.
International Year of Biodiversity
2010 was declared the ‘International Year of Biodiversity’ and all of us at Veolia Environmental Services wanted to reinforce our commitment to protecting and enhancing the environment. From community projects to staff competitions and educational programmes, we aimed to emphasise the importance of protecting the environment – and to celebrate the natural world. Some of the biodiversity activities and achievements of 2010 are highlighted below.
Biodiversity Benchmark certification
Our landfill sites at Pitsea and Croft Farm have been awarded the Wildlife Trusts’ Biodiversity Benchmark. This recognises the company’s continual commitment to biodiversity improvement.
Pitsea Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Our landfill sites are rich in biodiversity and we are keen to ensure that these sites are developed going forward. In 2010, we granted the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) a 150-year peppercorn lease on 270 hectares of land at Pitsea Marsh and Bower Marshes, which is adjacent to our Pitsea landfill site. The RSPB will develop the land, including wet grassland and a tidal lagoon, into a nature reserve to ensure that biodiversity is encouraged for local people to enjoy.
Beehives at SELCHP
We want to promote wildlife at our facilities and introduced beehives to our SELCHP Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in London. Much of the output of British farms depends on pollination – largely carried out by the honey bee. However, they are in rapid decline; at SELCHP ERF, we are providing a safe haven for bee colonies and protecting wildlife that is precious to biodiversity. In addition to this, our employees are being trained in the art of beekeeping.
Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition
We are extremely proud to be title sponsors of the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, which is owned by London's Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine.
We have sponsored this competition since 2009 and, throughout this time, have developed a strong relationship with the Museum. As the UK’s leader in environmental services, we truly believe the competition embodies our own values, together with our ongoing commitment to corporate responsibility. It highlights the importance of protecting the environment, conserving natural resources and the very real need to educate and inspire people of all ages about responsible use of the environment on a global basis, helping to protect and enhance areas rich in biodiversity.
Through our partnership with the Natural History Museum, we are also able to offer our staff 'Family Day' tickets, giving families the opportunity to explore the environment through fun, educational workshops.
Woodland Trust tree planting at St Albans
The Veolia ‘Woodland Trust 1,000 Tree Challenge’ was a trial fundraising partnership that aimed to raise money to plant 1,000 trees. Veolia’s employees and their families participated in the challenge. As an initiative to combat climate change, these trees will form part of England’s largest new forest, which is being created near St Albans in Hertfordshire. This was a great opportunity to replenish the depleting UK forests by planting trees in this area.
152 Wild Things to Do
Our joint sponsorship with Veolia Water of the Wildlife Trusts’ book ‘152 Wild Things
to Do’ provided us with an opportunity to commit to and support the environment and biodiversity. The book encourages people to get out and about, enjoy nature and
make the most of all of the natural beauty that the UK has to offer. As part of the sponsorship, a staff competition was run to celebrate ways that staff members engage with wildlife and nature – and the winning idea features in the book!
Southwark – Old Kent Road biodiversity
As a part of the development of the Integrated Waste Management Facility at Old Kent Road, a plan to enhance the biodiversity of the site has been implemented. We are providing bat boxes, bird boxes and stag beetle logs, and planting trees and shrubs in order to develop and encourage new habitats for wildlife.
To find out more, visit: www.veoliaenvironmentalservices.co.uk/southwark
Environment and Greenhouse Gas Data
|Waste, recycling and material recovery||Measurement||2008||2009||2010|
|Total Waste Handled||te||12,313,304||10,393,437||10,863,661|
|Total Waste Collected||te||5,078,676||4,958,503||4,686,513|
|Total Waste Recovered||te||3,985,599||3,225,415||3,416,941|
|Total Waste Composted||te||168,460||156,658||166,422|
|Total Waste Incinerated||te||1,494,938||1,534,302||1,570,040|
|Total Waste to Landfill||te||5,261,203||3,910,464||3,800,121|
|Total Hazardous Waste Treated||te||362,445||319,688||324,608|
|Paper and cardboard||te||364,778||450,933||458,971|
Notes: The tonnages above represent the materials separated at our MRFs and Transfer Stations for recovery and reuse by third parties.
|Solid source separated materials collected by Municipal contracts from households:||te||772,536||795,321||749,324|
|Solid source separated materials collected by Commercial contracts:||te||124,981||173,048||206,227|
Note: These collected materials may be fully segregated or mixed and may be transferred to Veolia or third-party facilities for further separation or recovery.
|Diesel fuel used in fleet||litres||40,917,191||42,070,935||43,727,813|
|CNG used in fleet||litres||128,723||11,020||31,114|
|Diesel - Operations Company Cars/vans||litres||927,862||963,587||917,507|
|Diesel used in Plant||litres||10,072,914||10,022,557||9,332,858|
|Electricity consumed - non-renewables||kWh||41,424,313||21,306,054||29,563,103|
|Electricity consumed - renewables||kWh||10,381,171||33,335,806||32,057,071|
|Total electricity consumed||kWh||51,805,484||54,641,860||61,620,174|
|Installed generation capacity||MW||202.1||210||220|
|Heat exported (District Heating)||MWh||39,000||97,292||109,074|
Note: The electricity exported from our ERFs and GUP plants using gas from our landfills is sufficient to supply 284,920 average UK households.
Note: The heat energy exported as part of our District Heating is equivalent to the electricity supply of approximately (a further) 24,661 average UK households.
|Potable - Mains water||m3||802,749||936,461||938,700|
|Non-potable - Surface water||m3||See note|
|Non-potable - Groundwater||m3||11,423||17,233||14,203|
|Water reused||See note|
Note: Ellesmere Port High-Temperature Incinerator used just over 1,800,000 m3 of river water for cooling and processing during 2010.
Note: Marchwood ERF used 27,517,600 m3 of estuary water during 2010 for cooling. This is returned to the estuary.
|Landfill gas captured for flaring and gas utilisation¹||te||279,607||328,454||365,051|
|Capture rate of landfill gas1||%||67.1||79.25||82.09|
Note¹: Methane (CH4) plus CO2
Note: information above is based on Veolia Environmental Services Environmental Reporting Protocols.
Greenhouse Gas data
|Incineration emissions1||CO2 Eq te||548,746||561,651||575,186|
|Fleet emissions: Diesel||CO2 te||110,231||113,339||117,803|
|Plant emissions: Diesel||CO2 te||27,136||27,001||25,143|
|Landfill (Methane fugitive) emissions
(Methane as CO2 Eq te)2
|CO2 Eq te||686,800||512,988||449,862|
|Electricity exported from landfills||CO2 Eq te||190,102||213,825||234,955|
|Electricity exported from ERFs||CO2 Eq te||347,580||354,257||361,120|
|District Heating||CO2 Eq te||9,415||23,487||26,332|
|Renewable Energy purchased||CO2 Eq te||4,910||15,768||15,163|
|Materials recovery3 and waste
|Ferrous metal||CO2 te||45,030||52,451||56,045|
|Non-Ferrous metal||CO2 te||36,183||43,362||81,796|
|Waste derived fuels||CO2 te||13,868||15,307||12,497|
|Methane emissions avoided by Landfill Gas combustion (CH4 te)5||CH4 te||78,949||89,718||99,431|
|Total Direct emissions4
||CO2 Eq te||1,377,931||1,221,001||1,174,142|
|Total Indirect (electricity) emissions||CO2 te||24,504||25,846||29,146|
|Total avoided emissions||CO2 te||862,300||983,259||1,060,884|
Notes: Reporting and conversion factors based on the Veolia Environmental Services Measurement and Reporting Protocols relevant to the years of reporting, the principles of which are consistent with the general principles implemented in the GRI guidelines, the IAS, the greenhouse gas measurement and reporting protocol adopted by EPE, the IPCC methodologies, and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol of the WBCSD.
Note1: Includes CO2 and N2O (Nitrous Oxide).
Note2: From modelled fugitive emissions of methane from operational landfills.
Note3: Materials recovered at Veolia Environmental Services sorting and transfer facilities.
Note4: Total also includes company car, gas and CNG emissions.
Note5: Methane flaring and utilisation at operational landfills.