Board Committees

We have a commitment to minimise the impact our business has on the environment

Environment

As a UK insurer, our environmental impacts are small in comparison to many other businesses. However, we are committed to managing the impacts of our day to day business on the three areas where we have most influence – carbon emissions as a result of our energy consumption, employee travel, and our overall waste management.

Carbon emissions per employee

2015 2016 2017
Energy usage
(tonnes CO2 equivalent per employee)
0.63 0.51 0.51
Business travel
(tonnes CO2 equivalent per employee)
0.35 0.30 0.25
Waste*
(tonnes)
714 635 645
Recycling*
(as a % of overall waste)
95% 96% 95%

2015 2016 2017
Energy usage
(tonnes CO2 equivalent per employee)
0.63 0.51 0.51
Business travel
(tonnes CO2 equivalent per employee)
0.35 0.30 0.25
Waste*
(tonnes)
714 635 645
Recycling*
(as a % of overall waste)
95% 96% 95%

Carbon footprint

In 2017 we rolled out a power management tool called Nightwatchman which automatically shuts down our idle desktop workstations after business hours, and then wakes them back up at the start of the next working day. This measure should reduce our carbon footprint by as much as 566 metric tonnes of CO2 a year from next year.

Greenhouse gas emissions

Carbon emissions (tonnes CO2 equivalent per employee)

2016 2017
Purchased Electricity 0.46 0.44
Purchased Gas
0.05 0.07
Business Travel (land) 0.25 0.21
Business Travel (air)
0.05 0.04
Total 0.81 0.76

2016 2017
Purchased Electricity 0.46 0.44
Purchased Gas
0.05 0.07
Business Travel (land) 0.25 0.21
Business Travel (air)
0.05 0.04
Total 0.81 0.76

Documents

See our Safeguarding our Environment pages from our Annual Report and Accounts