Environmental performance data

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