Measuring emissions

We are a full participant in the CRC (Carbon Reduction Commitment) Energy Efficiency Scheme, the UK's mandatory climate change and energy saving scheme. During 2010, we started detailed monitoring of our UK office and site electricity, gas and diesel use for the CRC scheme. The first phase footprint report and the first annual report of our emissions under the CRC scheme are due in July 2011. We will also publish this data in our 2011 CR Report.

We have undertaken greenhouse gas (GHG) footprinting exercises for our UK operations in 2009 and 2010. This uses financial and other data to estimate the emissions that arose from our UK activities including throughout our supply chains, our sites and offices, business travel and as a result of waste disposal. The resulting report identified the carbon 'hot spots' of our operations. The results for 2009 and 2010 are shown below:

Table: UK energy and climate change data

Data is provided as tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) and covers 100% of our UK housing operations.

Indicator 2010 2009
Direct GHG emissions – GHG Protocol Scope 1 10,194 11,524
Electricity indirect GHG emissions – GHG Protocol Scope 2 19,318 19,078
Other indirect GHG emissions from operations and supply chain – GHG Protocol Scope 3 430,326 424,387

Total CO2

459,838 454,989
  1. Note: The estimation of a carbon footprint is not an exact science; there are significant uncertainties and no single established way of doing the calculations. Small year on year variations do not necessarily reflect real changes to emissions. Taylor Wimpey is committed to continually improving the methodology upon which our carbon footprint estimations are based.

We will use the information gained from the foot-printing exercises alongside our CRC data as a starting point for the management of our UK emissions. We are committed to measuring and aim to reduce our operational energy consumption. We will publish annual CRC data and will set emissions reduction targets in due course.

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