british american tobacco p.l.c. sustainability report 2009 - Addressing concerns around climate change

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SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2009

Climate change remains a feature of the global political agenda and a major concern to many of our stakeholders. We believe it is prudent to reduce our carbon footprint by reducing our energy use, our waste to landfill and our travel.

Our CO2 equivalent includes other greenhouse gases, such as methane from landfill. We have set CO2 reduction targets of 50 per cent by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2050 from our baseline of 1.38 tonnes per million cigarettes equivalent produced in 2000. 

Addressing concerns around climate change

Energy review programme

In 2009, we began to establish a global energy reduction strategy. We started by reviewing attitudes to energy as well as current energy saving practices across the Group, in order to compare ourselves with other large organisations. From this we established our current position and are developing a programme aligned with good practice.

Within this review, we collaborated with an energy consultancy to complete two pilots of our energy assessment approach at our manufacturing sites in Germany and South Africa. We plan to carry out full-site energy assessments in three further sites during 2010 and to extend the assessment programme to our Trade Marketing & Distribution teams and Operations function. We will develop a global energy reduction plan for our manufacturing sites in 2010, to be delivered in phases across the business. It will incorporate regular milestones towards our long term CO2 reduction targets.

Employee engagement

We see the commitment and dedication of our employees as the key driver in reducing our carbon footprint and other environmental impacts. In our 2008 Sustainability Report, we committed to developing and implementing a pilot programme to encourage employees to reduce their own carbon footprint at home.

In 2009, the first phase of the pilot was run in our headquarters in the UK. We intend to build on this phase, extending the focus from the home to include reductions at work. This will take place in 2010, with the programme then being rolled out across the Group in stages over the next few years. We have also identified a number of employees across our Operations function who act as ambassadors to champion sustainable decision making.

Vehicle fuel consumption

We are developing a programme aimed at reducing vehicle fuel consumption. We will establish a baseline of information and identify current examples of good practice within the Group. This will then be used to determine the scale of potential savings, both financial and environmental, to shape the development of the programme.

 

Concerns around climate change: what’s next?

2010 will see the development of a global energy reduction plan to achieve the gradual milestones required to hit our targets to reduce our CO2 equivalent by 50 per cent by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2050 against 2000 levels. We will also roll out in selected markets our programme encouraging employees to reduce their carbon footprint at home, as well as extending the pilot to cover reductions at work.