british american tobacco p.l.c. sustainability report 2010 - Environment

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Sustainability Report 2010

Our opportunity

By making business decisions with consideration for the environment, we can be more efficient and better manage the impacts of climate change.

The challenge

The impacts of climate change are uncertain and will vary drastically between different parts of the world. We need to prepare for a number of different scenarios.

We will actively address the impacts of our business on the natural environment.


2010 progress in brief

We made good progress in reducing our environmental impacts. We also held a stakeholder dialogue session to develop our approach to water management. We continued to work with three NGOs in our Biodiversity Partnership and agreed its scope of work for the next five years. All our leaf growing operations completed biodiversity risk and opportunity assessments and have corrective action plans in place.


Our approach

The manufacture, distribution, consumption and disposal of our products all impact on the environment.

As a business with an agricultural supply chain, we depend heavily on natural resources and ecosystems. We therefore recognise the need for a clear, strategic approach to managing our environmental footprint. It not only makes good economic and environmental sense for us to use raw materials, energy and water efficiently, it is our responsibility.

Our key environmental impacts are linked to energy consumption and our wider contribution to climate change, water use and managing waste. We also endeavour to minimise any negative impacts on biodiversity.

Our comprehensive Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) management system has been in place for many years and is based on international standards, including ISO 14001. We also have an internal reporting system that enables us to monitor Group-wide performance on our key environmental measures. We have been evolving our approach to EHS to create greater global consistency and ensure we have the tools and processes in place to help address increasing global environmental challenges.

Each of our business units has an EHS Steering Committee with overall environmental responsibility held by the General Manager or site manager. EHS is also a standing agenda item for review bodies at area, regional and global levels. This has increased our understanding of the EHS risks associated with our business.

Our Group Operations Director has overall responsibility for environmental management, while responsibility for our EHS Policy lies with the Management Board.

The policy sets out requirements for all our companies and applies to both our own activities and how we manage our supply chain. Environmental management is also a key element of our integrated supply chain sustainability strategy, which you can read about in the supply chain section.

Questions and feedback

In Stakeholders' challenging questions, we have answered some of the more difficult questions our stakeholders ask, such as are we responsible for destroying natural forests to cure tobacco. If you have a question you would like to see answered in a future Report or have any feedback or comments on our environmental management, please email us at

Material issues

How we determine which issues are material to our business and stakeholders:
This online report covers issues most material to our business and stakeholders.
Issues of partial interest or impact to our business or stakeholders can be found on our website.
Not reported
We do not cover topics that have already been addressed and are no longer raised by stakeholders, issues we cannot influence and those that do not have a significant impact on the business.