Environmental performance data

All data in this section is for Veolia Environmental Services since the water business became part of Veolia in 2013. The exception to this is the emissions data which incorporates data from the water business.

Energy

Direct energy consumption (CO2e)

2011
2012
2013
Diesel fuel used in fleet
112,200
110,242
106,325
Diesel fuel used in plant
23,558
22,737
22,968

CO2 is carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas emitted as a result of burning fossil fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas.
However, carbon dioxide isn’t the only greenhouse gas, so CO2e – or carbon dioxide equivalent – is used to measure emissions of other greenhouse gases.

Indirect energy consumption (kWh)

2011 2012 2013
Electricity consumed - non-renewables 23,290,660 27,021,020 27,219,610
Electricity consumed - renewables 35,145,740 42,186,190 46,333,210
Total electricity consumed 58,436,400 69,207,210 73,552,820
 

Emissions

Our carbon footprint has been restated for all years in order to account for material changes to the conversion factors provided by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for company reporting purposes.

Emissions (tonnes CO2e)

2011 Veolia
Environmental
Services*
2012 Veolia
Environmental
Services*
2013 Veolia
Environmental
Services*
2013 Veolia Water**
Direct emissions (scope 1)
1,159,905
1,202,345
1,133,663
5,428
Indirect emissions (scope 2)
26,416
31,837
32,766
36,613
Avoided emissions
1,069,245
1,168,953
1,202,780 134

 CO2 is carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas emitted as a result of burning fossil fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas.
However, carbon dioxide isn’t the only greenhouse gas, so CO2e – or carbon dioxide equivalent – is used to measure emissions of other greenhouse gases.

Air (tonnes)

2011 2012 2013
Landfill gas captured for flaring and gas utilisation 358,709 369,915 388,057
Capture rate of landfill gas 83.7 84.68 87.65

Direct ‘scope 1’ emissions are those associated with fuel consumption and positive emissions of carbon (for example from vehicles, the operation of materials recovery facilities (MRF) and methane emissions from landfill).

Indirect ‘scope 2’ emissions are those associated with electricity consumption at facilities.

Avoided emissions are due to recovering materials for recycling at MRFs, recovering electricity and heat for export at Energy Recovery Facilities and recovering electricity for export from landfills.

*Veolia Environmental Services’ footprint has been restated for all years to account for material changes to the conversion factors provided by Defra for company reporting purposes.
**Baseline emissions since the regulated part of the business was sold in June 2012. Future annual emissions will be against this baseline.

Veolia Environmental Services has been reporting the carbon footprint for all its activities since 1999, and Veolia Water since 2008. The carbon-footprint methodology is based on the Veolia measurement and reporting protocols, which are consistent with the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative, the International Accounting Standards of international financial reporting, the greenhouse gas (GHG) measurement and reporting transport protocol developed by Entreprises pour l’Environnement and Veolia Environnement, the International Panel on Climate Change methodologies and the GHG Protocol of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Where applicable, the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s conversion factors for company reporting have also been used.
 

Waste

Waste handled (tonnes)

2011
2012
2013
Total waste collected
4,475,500
4,848,337
4,705,110
Total waste received at composting facilities
165,940
194,170
203,470
Total waste received at incinerators
1,679,310
1,861,840
1,864,870
Total waste received at landfills
4,651,930
3,312,060
4,108,000
Total hazardous waste treated
337,680
339,970
338,090
 

Recovered materials (tonnes)*

2011
2012
2013
Paper and cardboard
438,650
500,540
481,400
Plastics
59,550
69,750
94,730
Glass
145,390
160,970
197,400
Ferrous metals
45,990
36,940
39,500
Non-ferrous metals
5,490
5,740
6,190

*Output from sorting and transfer only
 

Collected recyclables (tonnes)

2011
2012
2013
Solid source separated materials collected by municipal contracts from households
780,130
932,500
915,040
Solid source separated materials collected by commercial contracts
168,350
258,130
290,150
 

Water

Water (cubic meters)

2011 2012 2013
Potable - mains water 1,028,358 1,200,422 1,220,606
Non-potable - groundwater 12,546 21,507 7,924