The G4S 2012 total carbon footprint extrapolated to 100% of the business equates to some 612,000 t/CO2e.
Through operational year-on-year growth, we anticipate our direct carbon emissions to grow proportionately in line with revenue and have therefore established a G4S average carbon intensity of 74.2 tonnes of CO2e per £1m of revenue at 2012 exchange rates. At the same time our carbon intensity for 2011 was 77.5 t/CO2e per £1m.
A core aim of our climate action strategy has been to reduce the group’s carbon intensity by 13% from 2009 to 2012. We are pleased to report that this challenging target has been realised, with our climate action programme achieving a reduction in carbon intensity of 16% since 2009. This translates to a real reduction of 1.5% in overall carbon emissions. Set against the growth of our business by 13% during the same period, much of which includes carbon emissions from services which our customers have outsourced to G4S. This is a positive achievement which recognises the efforts made by G4S to introduce energy efficiency measures across the business.
In certain regions, particularly the Middle East, G4S employs a large number of expatriate employees. Due to the operational nature of these contracts G4S provides 24/7 care including accommodation and transport. We have therefore included the full carbon footprint of their employment and calculated an average measurement of 1,107 kg of CO2e per employee, an 8.6% reduction since 2009.
** Including refrigerant