Environment

Carbon dioxide

Tonnes CO2e per million cigarettes equivalent produced

-47%
from our 2000 baseline
2000 baseline 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2025 target 2050 target
1.52 0.84 0.84 0.83 0.79 0.81 0.68 0.30

Our long-term targets are to cut carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) emissions by 55% by 2025 and by 80% by 2050 from our year 2000 baseline (based on our intensity measure per million cigarettes equivalent).

In 2016, CO2e intensity remained relatively steady compared to 2015, with a small 0.6% increase. This was despite footprint changes, such as closures of operations in countries with a less intensive energy mix and opening of new sites with a greater reliance on fossil fuels, alongside a fall in production volumes.

Against our 2000 baseline, we have made significant progress with a 47% reduction.

In 2016, we developed a new set of environmental targets to achieve by 2025, including a new target to increase the amount of renewable energy we source to 25% (against year 2007 baseline). Currently, 8% of our Group energy use is from renewable sources.

We believe this focus on increasing the ratio of renewable energy will naturally contribute towards achieving further CO2e reductions against our long-term targets.

Energy use

Gigajoules per million cigarettes equivalent produced

-16%
from our 2007 baseline
2007 baseline 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2025 target
11.82 10.29 10.28 10.26 9.75 9.92 9.17

Our new target to achieve by 2025 is to reduce energy use by 25% from our year 2007 baseline (based on our intensity measure per million cigarettes equivalent).

In 2016, energy intensity remained relatively steady compared to 2015 with a small 1.7% increase, despite changes in our footprint and a fall in production volumes.

Against our 2007 baseline, we have achieved a total reduction of 16%.

Examples of initiatives in our manufacturing operations include investing in energy-efficient technologies, switching to less carbon-intensive fuels or renewable energy sourcing. Currently, 8% of our Group energy use is from renewable sources and we now have a new target to increase this to 25% by 2025 (against year 2007 baseline).

We’re also optimising our logistics and fleet with standards for fuel efficiency, engine size and emissions, as well as increasing load capacity to reduce the number of journeys.

Water withdrawn

Cubic metres per million cigarettes equivalent produced

-29%
from our 2007 baseline
2007 baseline 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2025 target
4.85 3.76 3.7 3.69 3.56 3.43 3.17

Our new target to achieve by 2025 is to reduce the total amount of water withdrawn by 35% from our year 2007 baseline (based on our intensity measure per million cigarettes equivalent).

In 2016, total water withdrawn decreased by 291,923 cubic metres, a 7.37% reduction in absolute terms. In intensity terms, we achieved a 3.77% reduction compared to 2015.

This reduction was primarily due to a planned reduction in green tobacco leaf processing in 2016, but there were further reductions as a result of temporary site closures in South America caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon.

Further reductions were achieved as a result of water initiatives at our manufacturing and commercial sites, including enhanced metering systems enabling faster response times to address leaks, and investing in further re-use of potable water whenever possible (e.g. such as in flushing, gardening, car washing, etc.).

Our manufacturing processes don’t use as much water as other industries but, with the realities of water scarcity increasingly being felt in many parts of the world, we have conducted water risk assessments at all our strategic, high-risk sites. Action plans are in place and we are now rolling this out to all our factories worldwide.

Waste to landfill

Tonnes per million cigarettes equivalent produced

-67%
from our 2007 baseline
2007 baseline 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2025 target
0.025 0.012 0.012 0.008 0.008 0.008 0.002

Our new targets, to achieve by 2025, are to reduce our waste to landfill intensity by 80% and reduce the total volume of waste generated by 10% from our year 2007 baselines (based on our intensity measure per million cigarettes equivalent).

In 2016, Group waste to landfill decreased by 2% in absolute terms compared to 2015 (8,927 vs 9,115 tonnes), primarily due to a fall in production volumes. However, in intensity terms, our performance has remained steady at 0.008 tonnes per million cigarettes equivalent.

Recycling

Percentage of waste recycled

92.6%
of our waste recycled in 2016
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Year-on-year target
92.5% 88.9% 92.6% 92.8% 92.6% 95%

Our new target is to recycle at least 95% of our total waste generated each year. 

In 2016, 92.6% of Group waste was recycled meeting our previous target to recycle at least 85% of our waste each year. This performance is relatively stable compared with 2015, despite the incorporation of new sites with recycling rates below our Group average.

Please see www.bat.com  for more information on our approach to environmental management.

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