Aren’t you responsible for destroying natural forests to provide fuel to cure tobacco?
Some farmers do use wood as fuel to cure tobacco leaf but we encourage them, wherever possible, to cultivate their own sustainable sources of wood. We also sponsor the growing of trees for fuel. We have a target for directly contracted farmers within our supply chain to be sourcing only 3 per cent of their wood fuels from natural forests by 2015. In 2009, this was reported to be 4.3 per cent.
2009 progress in brief
We have strengthened our environmental governance processes and have incorporated our key environmental measures – energy use, water use, waste to landfill and recycling – into our global Operations scorecard. We continue to work hard to reduce our energy use, including pilot energy reduction projects in Germany, South Africa and the UK. The British American Tobacco Biodiversity Partnership has enabled us to make good progress in understanding our impacts on biodiversity and we have developed measures of success to monitor our progress in this area.
Our 2010 goals
For environmental management
- Aim to reduce our energy use towards our 2012 target of 11.03 gigajoules per million cigarettes equivalent produced, 6.7 per cent lower than our 2007 baseline;
- Aim to reduce our water use towards our 2012 target of 4.2 cubic metres per million cigarettes equivalent produced, 13.4 per cent lower than our 2007 baseline; and
- Aim to reduce our waste to landfill towards our 2012 target of 0.022 tonnes per million cigarettes equivalent produced, 12 per cent lower than our 2007 baseline, and to recycle at least 75 per cent of our waste each year.
For addressing concerns around climate change
- Aim to reduce our CO2 equivalent by 50 per cent by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2050 against our 2000 baseline of 1.38 tonnes per million cigarettes equivalent produced;
- In selected markets, roll out our programme encouraging employees to reduce their carbon footprint at home, as well as extending the pilot to cover reductions at work by end 2010;
- Develop a global energy reduction plan by end 2010; and
- Roll out the first phase of our plan to improve fuel efficiency in our Trade Marketing & Distribution vehicle fleets by end 2010.
For managing biodiversity
- Carry out biodiversity risk and opportunity assessments in all the countries where tobacco leaf is grown for us by end 2010;
- Further raise awareness of biodiversity issues through training workshops, engagement with farmers and our leaf managers, and through our online biodiversity learning module; and
- Develop and trial replicable models of forest regeneration and native forest management by end 2010.