In 2010 we set a target of reducing our absolute carbon emissions by 5% by the end 2012. By December 2012 we had reduced carbon emissions by 10%, despite having grown the business and increased our headcount by 8%. We reduced electricity emissions by 4% from 2010, gas emissions by 6% and carbon emissions per head by 17%.
Several factors have helped us to achieve such a significant reduction, including:
- The dedication and hard work of our global ‘Green Teams’ around the business, each of which is sponsored by our divisional CEOs
- Increased employee awareness and engagement, plus an inter-business competition with all global offices competing to reduce wasted energy, and encourage energy efficiencies. The winning offices creating energy savings of over 25% per person
- Proactive energy management across our global offices, including the use of smart meters that increase the accuracy of our data and our ability to influence consumption.
The charts below, illustrating our 2012 v 2011 carbon footprint, show the reductions we made across all key areas in 2012:
- UBM Live Amsterdam achieved the ISO20121 accreditation for Sustainable Event Management for five events (see page 26)
- UBM won the Best Environmental Initiative Award at the 2012 Production and Environment Awards, for our ‘Zero to Landfill’ waste initiative our Head Office in London
- Our London offices switched to a Green Energy Tariff – electricity supplied from 100% renewable sources
- UBM improved its scoring in the FTSE 350 Carbon Disclosure Index, rising to 75%, and a ‘B’ in the Carbon Performance index (2011: 59%, ‘D’ )
- UBM won the Carbon Trust Standard again, for reducing carbon in UK offices by 8% over the last three years
- UBM’s San Francisco office achieved the Green Buildings – LEED Platinum Award, scoring more than any other commercial interior in San Francisco
- We are rolling out improved recycling systems, decreasing waste sent to landfill and increasing the percentage of waste sent to ‘Energy from Waste’ facilities in the US and UK