Our approach to measuring carbon was developed in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. Emissions are calculated using the carbon factors from the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs in the UK, the International Energy Agency in France and the Environmental Protection Agency in the USA and are reported as tonnes of CO2 equivalent (abbreviated as tCO2e). Due to rounding of the figures in the bar charts and tables there is not always a precise correlation with the sub-total and total performing figures.
Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR)
Globally, Ferguson utilized 957,490,043 kWh for heating, electricity and transportation. Our UK operations consumed 94,319,684 kWh for heating, electricity and transportation. Overall, the UK business contributed to 5.3% of the Group’s carbon emissions (figure 1) and 9.9% of the Group’s total energy consumption. This variance is due to the renewable energy purchased in the UK business, which is reported as market-based carbon emissions.
The UK leadership team reviewed the results of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS, a mandatory energy assessment scheme) and implemented multiple projects to save energy, including upgrades to lighting and heating equipment at large owned locations.
To reduce our on-campus consumption of single-use plastics, our US Headquarters associates took the plastics reduction pledge and were provided with Ferguson bamboo reusable utensils.
The UK business continues to achieve high recycling rates, averaging close to 75 per cent for 2019/20. We expect the Group recycling rate to decline following the UK demerger.
Wolseley Canada reduced the amount of total waste generated year-over-year, and made good progress in the rate of recycling for the business. The business will continue to focus on this area of improvement going forward.
We retained ERM CVS, who provide sustainability assurance services, to conduct a third-party assurance of certain environmental metrics in our 2019/2020 annual report. Specifically, they assessed whether these are fairly presented in accordance with the reporting criteria, in this case, Ferguson’s “Basis for Reporting” where you can also find definitions for Scope 1, 2 and 3 carbon emissions. For more information, please see the “External Assurance Statement” which details the scope, activities and conclusions of their engagement.