british american tobacco p.l.c. sustainability report 2011 - Environment

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Sustainability Report 2011


What the future might look like

We expect the effects of climate change to be felt more strongly in the coming years. Together with the growing global population and economic development, this will probably result in disruption to the water cycle, loss of biodiversity, decreasing soil fertility and many other environmental changes. We are also likely to see more legislation and other initiatives to manage climate change.

For British American Tobacco, these changes to the environment could make it harder for us to source tobacco and make and distribute our products, as well as affecting the communities and landscapes in which we operate. So we are increasingly focused on minimising the effect we have on climate change and preparing our business for the risks ahead.

Luis Quote 
Reducing our impacts such as energy use and water consumption has always been important but our longer term risk planning, particularly around water, will be crucial to the way we manage our operations in the future. Luis Barros, Head of Operations for Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa

How we’re preparing for the future

  • Using risk assessments and stakeholder dialogue to shape our response to climate change.
  • Developing strategies to reduce our impacts, focusing on water, energy and biodiversity.
  • Using biodiversity risk and opportunity assessments to inform our approach to sustainable agriculture.
  • Working with external stakeholders on areas of common interest, such as through our Biodiversity Partnership. 

Our material issues



Our materiality test determines which topics are of the greatest significance to our business and stakeholders.

You ask us

Doesn’t tobacco growing lead to a loss of biodiversity?

Do you have any questions or feedback on our approach to environmental management or other sustainability issues?

We will donate £10 to the Global Trees Campaign  Opens in new window for each of the first 200 responses we receive to the feedback survey.

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