Carbon Footprint

We recognise the impact that our business activities can have on the environment. G4S’ total carbon footprint during 2016 equates to 503,821 t/CO2e.
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Alongside the risks faced by people and infrastructure from climate change are the challenges presented by global economic conditions. Managing fuel costs and the impact of “carbon taxes” through programmes to improve the Group’s energy efficiency and reduce its environmental impacts are important to the continued effectiveness and sustainability of the Group’s business.

What we are doing
We follow WBCSD* and WRI** Greenhouse Gas Protocol to measure our Scope 1 and 2 emissions – vehicle fleet, fuel, refrigerants and electricity usage for G4S businesses over which the Group has financial and operational control. In addition the Group has measured Scope 3 emissions from employee business air travel.

The businesses that reported data in the 2016 GHG measurement represent 91.6% of the Group’s operations, across a 12 month period. This level of measurement, including each of the Group’s main service types, allows reliable calculation of the total GHG emissions for 100% of the Group.

How we are performing
The G4S total carbon footprint during 2016, extrapolated to 100% of the business equates to some 503,821 t/CO2e. These CO2e emissions, including emissions generated by services which our customers have outsourced to G4S, have decreased by 1.01% since 2015 – against a 6.3% growth in the business during the same period, reflecting the efforts made to increase the energy efficiency of our business. In 2017, we will continue to implement energy efficiency strategies with the aim of reducing carbon intensity by at least 4.5% per annum.

* World Business Council for Sustainable Development
** World Resources Institute

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 68.4 tonnes of CO2e per £1m of revenue at 2016 exchange rates. These CO2e emissions, including emissions generated by services which our customers have outsourced to G4S, have decreased by 1.01% since 2015, against a 6.3% growth in the business during the same period, reflecting the efforts made to increase the efficiency of our business. This is a positive achievement which recognises the efforts made to increase the energy and fuel efficiency of our business.

KPI Chart

   2014  2015  2016
 CO2 emissions per £1m revenue  73.6t  70.9t  68.4t
 Average CO2 emissions per employee  931kg  908kg  931kg
 Average CO2 emissions per vehicle*  11.9t  11.1t  11.9t
 Average CO2 emissions per building (m2)*  100.7kg  110.3kg  108.7kg

* Including refrigerants

Our Emissions

Scope emissions pie chart
Carbon emissions split via source of emissions pie chart