Having reached the 20% absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions reduction target in 2014 – six years ahead of schedule – the group continues to advance their carbon management to achieve further emissions reductions. The group’s emissions have decreased from 8,830,000 tonnes in 2008 to 6,211,000 tonnes in 2017, an impressive 29.7% reduction since the start of the programme (see Figure 2). This equates to aggregated savings of more than 15.3m tonnes of carbon emissions since 2008, equivalent to the CO2 emissions from over 1.7m US homes’ energy use in 2016.
Group emissions decreased by 247,000 tonnes, or 3.8%, between 2016 and 2017, a greater decrease than that achieved the year before (3.1%). This demonstrates that participants are maintaining their efforts to improve their carbon performance, despite having already exceeded the 2020 target. This reduction was primarily driven by an 11% (270,000 tonnes) decrease in emissions associated with purchased electricity, which was achieved due to participants’ considerable efforts to improve energy efficiency in buildings and increase their use of renewable energy sources. Posts’ ongoing progress in these areas has contributed to a 51% reduction in these Scope 2 electricity emissions since the start of the programme. At an organisational level, 17 posts have now reached the 20% Scope 1 and 2 emissions reduction target. Please see the Technical Analysis section for a more detailed examination of results.