We keep our Company lean, so the impact we have directly as an organisation – through our offices, travel, and the way we protect the health and safety of our employees – is small compared to the effect of our developments. It remains vital, however, that we manage and minimise negative impacts where we have the most control.
Energy and greenhouse gases
|Emissions source||Reporting year end|
|Reporting year end|
|Combustion of fuel and operation of facilities||1,068||864|
|Electricity, heat and cooling purchased for own use||1,971||1,879|
|Total CO2e tonnes||3,039||2,743|
|Financial turnover £k||£60,333||£95,208k|
|Intensity ratio: CO2e tonnes/turnover £k||0.0504||0.0288|
|Intensity ratio: CO2e kg/turnover £k||50.4||28.8|
|Intensity ratio: CO2e kg/turnover yearly per cent change||+75.0%||(41.9)%|
We measure and report our greenhouse gas emissions, providing a good proxy for our overall environmental impact. Our greenhouse gas emissions statement includes all emission sources required under the Companies Act 2006 (Strategic and Directors’ Reports) Regulations 2013 for the financial year ended 30 September 2017 and includes comparison on a like-for-like basis. The following methodologies have been used to calculate the emissions detailed:
- the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard (revised edition);
- the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) Environmental Reporting Guideline (2013); and
- the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) Carbon Conversion Factors 2017.
The emissions reported are those for operationally controlled facilities of Urban&Civic. Therefore, carbon emissions produced from assets that are not owned by Urban&Civic and where they are acting under a development management agreement for the assets’ development are deemed the responsibility of its client and have been excluded from this report. The assets will be included when the land is drawn down under that agreement in future periods.
No emissions data has been included in the emissions table where Urban&Civic has an interest in property or operations, but does not have operational control. Consequently, tenant consumption and certain joint ventures have been omitted from the presented analysis. The sites that were considered to be controlled operationally by Urban&Civic included all offices occupied by the Group, as well as Alconbury Weald and the Renaissance hotel at Deansgate, Manchester. The hotel at Deansgate and Alconbury Weald were the highest producers of CO2e emissions, accounting for 42.2 per cent and 31.1 per cent of Urban&Civic’s overall carbon emissions respectively.
The intensity ratio has risen by 75.0 per cent in 2017. The 2017 reported emissions data of the Urban&Civic Group is for the 12 months ended 30 September 2017.
The sustainably sourced Club Building at Alconbury
The Urban&Civic team regularly travels around the country to view sites, attend stakeholder events and meet landowners, contractors, tenants and local communities, and we are determined to keep the impact of travel to a minimum. We are headquartered in London, but we maintain a network of regional and site offices so that our people are efficiently distributed around the country and have the local knowledge and real connections that underlie our approach. Business travel is fully documented and subject to authorisation to ensure journeys are undertaken by the optimum mode.
Travel by rail predominates longer journeys. We promote cycle use and have bicycles on site at Waterbeach and Alconbury for site tours. All employees are eligible to join the Group’s cycle to work scheme and currently around 10 per cent of staff commute by bicycle
Health and safety
It is essential that we look after the people who are building, working and living on our sites, so health and safety is a top priority for Urban&Civic, from the Board down. We review our policies regularly and work with contractors, tenants and other stakeholders to ensure our approach is effective and up to date. We continue, for example, our Health and Safety Forum for contractors at Alconbury Weald.
In 2017 we moved the frequency of these events from quarterly to weekly and fortnightly. We have found that this new format with more frequent meetings has meant that issues and challenges were addressed more speedily. The frequency of the meetings also means that contractor engagement is always of the highest priority, and it keeps health and safety issues at the forefront of our contractors’ thinking.
At each meeting, we have a set agenda, which makes addressing health and safety issues more efficient and relevant. We cover issues such as health and safety matters, updates on incidents, issues and concerns, and other matters, such as site facilities and logistics.
The Group’s operations strictly adhere to all relevant statutory provisions and risk assessments are undertaken to augment written policies and to ensure the Group’s development activities and operations are undertaken safely.
Urban&Civic’s performance in the year has been:
Natalie Turland and Ryan Barnes at Incubator 2