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Environmental management

How we measure up

Our comprehensive Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) management system has been in place for many years and is based on international standards, including ISO 14001.

At the end 2015, 27 locations across all regions were certified to the ISO 14001 environmental standard. We also have an internal reporting system for monitoring Group-wide environmental performance.

Each of our companies 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 management meetings and governance committees at area, regional and global levels. This has raised awareness of EHS risks across our business and our aim is to create a consistent approach for our companies in managing them.

Our Group Operations Director has overall responsibility for environmental management and our Management Board is responsible for our Environment Policy.

The Policy applies across all our activities including our supply chain and it requires our companies to:

  • understand the impacts on the environment in which they operate and proactively put in place plans to minimise these impacts;
  • manage, monitor and report on environmental performance;
  • include environmental considerations in our product design; and
  • work with suppliers and business partners to share best practice and reduce the impacts of our products and services across the total lifecycle.  

Group Environment Policy (43 kb) 

Environmental management is also an important part of our integrated supply chain sustainability strategy. We invest around £25 million each year in environment, health and safety.

Reducing our impacts

We are working to address both our immediate environmental impacts and the likely environmental pressures on the business in the future. This involves risk assessments, performance management and making our operations more efficient.

We put particular effort into minimising our energy consumption and reducing our carbon footprint, and we’re proud that a number of our sites in the UK, Italy, Poland, Germany and Belgium meet 100% of their electricity needs from renewable sources.

To assess our environmental efficiency, we set targets relative to the volume of cigarettes we produce.

Our long-term targets to cut carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions by 50% by 2030 and by 80% by 2050 from our year 2000 baseline are in line with UK Government targets. We have already made significant progress, having achieved a 48% CO2e reduction from the baseline.

To measure and manage our future environmental performance, in 2012, we developed new five-year targets for CO2e, energy and water use, as well as year-on-year targets for waste:

  • Reduce our CO2e emissions towards our 2017 milestone of 0.82 tonnes per million cigarettes equivalent produced, 46% lower than our 2000 baseline.
  • Reduce our energy use towards our 2017 target of 9.82 gigajoules per million cigarettes equivalent produced, 17% lower than our 2007 baseline.
  • Reduce our water use towards our 2017 target of 3.6 cubic metres per million cigarettes equivalent produced, 26% lower than our 2007 baseline.
  • Sustain our waste to landfill at no more than 0.016 tonnes per million cigarettes equivalent produced, 36% lower than our 2007 baseline, and recycle at least 85% of our waste.

To help achieve these challenging targets, we are running a number of energy and CO2e reduction projects, and we continue to explore renewable and low-carbon energy options for the longer term. We are also conducting detailed assessments of long-term water supply and demand requirements in the ‘high-risk’ places in which we operate.

Performance charts can be viewed at www.bat.com/sustainability/data .