We are committed to contributing to economic, social and environmental sustainability, both locally and globally. The Directors acknowledge that this involves balancing the interests of shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers and the wider communities in which our business operates.
A forward thinking approach to health and safety and our environmental impact is of paramount importance. We endeavor to maintain a culture of continuous improvement to build upon our excellent record.
We safeguard the health and safety of everyone working on site. All employees are encouraged to take an active role in ensuring that our working environment is a safe place to work and visit. Employees report all observations, engage in safety audits, assessments and attend regular training sessions.
During the year, we held monthly global Health and Safety meetings where information, knowledge and ideas are shared to implement best practice across our sites and create a positive attitude towards safety. In addition, our management teams put considerable focus on potential hazard reporting, to ensure the appropriate action is taken before any incident or an accident can occur.
We are driven by the beliefs of our employees and our responsibility as an operations based business, to minimise our impact on the environment. Our commitment stems from the clear benefits of sustainable practices.
Our staff actively engage in waste material separation with a focus on re-use, where possible, and recycling of paper, metal, plastic, cardboard and used products. We monitor our electricity, gas and water usage frequently to establish progress against our annual targets. We aim to make improvements to reduce energy consumption and to reduce waste going to landfill.
With evolving environmental legislation globally, we ensure compliance through regular updates to our processes demonstrated by our continued membership of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. Our U.K. operations also conform to ISO14001:2015, which reinforces how we manage our environmental responsibilities.
There have been no internal or external environmental incidents or concerns throughout the 2019 financial year at any of our locations.
As required under the Companies Act 2006 Regulations 2013 we have disclosed the details of greenhouse gas emissions for which we are responsible, and included details of other environmental matters for which key performance indicators are selected.
We have employees based in each of our facilities who are responsible for collecting and acting on the relevant data.
The collected data allows us to monitor and examine carbon emission trends and track our progress against our internal sustainability goals.
The chart above (left) illustrates the Group’s greenhouse gas emissions in tonnes, between 2015 and 2019.
The chart above (right) illustrates the Group’s emissions intensity per £million of revenue between 2016 and 2019.
A number of factors have contributed to the Group’s energy performance during the year including a reduction in electricity and energy use due to management activities.
For example, a compressed air leak audit, the subsequent replacement of compressor units and respective management software ensured the Cadillac facility saved 401,895kW per year.
With revenue for the year at £179.3 million and the total emissions of carbon dioxide equivalent to 5,949 tonnes, this gives an intensity ratio of 33 tonnes GHG per £million revenue.
We have followed the Defra ‘Guidance on how to measure and report your greenhouse gas emissions’ and the Defra/DECC ‘Conversion Factors for Company Reporting’.
Scope 1 emissions are from those direct sources that are owned by the Group (e.g. from direct combustion of natural gases within our facilities and companyowned transport).
Scope 2 emissions comprise those emissions for which the Group is indirectly responsible excluding transmissions and distribution losses (e.g. from the electricity we purchase to operate machinery and equipment).
Our in-house lab provides innovative research and development capabilities creating new polymer formulas and expanding the Group's understanding of polymer technology. Artis continue to accelerate the development and adoption of sustainable materials though the Sustainable Materials Group, where key industry players meet as a community to discuss developments and opportunities.
We will continue to drive towards a worldclass level of safety performance, focus on management and the reduction of safety risk; and drive strong environmental performance through enhanced practices and visible leadership.
This forms part of our continuing efforts to build a culture of responsible behaviour and ethical decision-making.