Focused on the environment

OSB’s Environmental policy states that we are committed to reducing our environmental impact and to continually improve our environmental performance as an integral part of our business strategy. This policy ensures that we meet or exceed all relevant environmental obligations under law and regulation.

The Environmental policy is under review to include additional risk assessments and develop actions and measures to include the impact of environmental change on the Group’s business activities, in addition to focusing on our impact on the environment.

2019 was yet another year when the Group took on initiatives, or advanced existing ones, to achieve its goal of becoming a greener organisation.

The Group is committed to promoting awareness of environmental issues amongst our employees. In 2019, OSB was successful in reducing single use plastic consumption by taking away unnecessary bins and installing large recycling stations across the estate. We now have a Green Committee, made up of volunteers, our Green Ninjas, who actively support the policy.

OSB is active in attempting to reduce its carbon footprint and, in 2019, it introduced two electric vans which the Maintenance team use to travel between sites. Electric charging points are now also available for employees to use, encouraging the use of electric vehicles.

CCFS operates an environmental management system that is certified to the internationally recognised ISO 14001 standard. This not only supports legal compliance but provides a framework for ongoing improvements.

In 2019, further progress was made on tackling CCFS’ carbon footprint (see Greenhouse gas emissions). This included undertaking an ‘ESOS’ energy assessment, introducing a Cycle to Work scheme and providing support for employees to choose ultra-low emissions vehicles. Improvements were also made to waste management and recycling by introducing reusable cups, enhancing segregation of waste and introducing battery recycling. Employee engagement has been key, and CCFS rolled out online environmental awareness training, plus various communications and activities throughout the year, led by its enthusiastic Environmental Committee.

Across the Group, we have high-level environmental objectives to:

  • Accept responsibility for contributing to the protection of the environment and strive to ensure that our actions will not detract from the long-term sustainability of environmental resources
  • Minimise harmful emissions
  • Promote advantageous environmental practices by all staff
  • Consult with suppliers to improve the environmental impact of goods and services provided to the Group

OSB Greenhouse gas emissions

Emission source  2019
Tonnes CO2e
2018
Tonnes CO2e
Combustion of fuel 89 76
Operation of facilities 3 5
Purchased electricity 884 951
Total greenhouse gas emissions 976 1,032
Total emissions per employee 0.88 1.04

CCFS Greenhouse gas emissions

Emission source  2019
Tonnes CO2e
2018
Tonnes CO2e
Combustion of fuel 213 158
Operation of facilities 3 3
Purchased electricity 201 273
Total greenhouse gas emissions 417 434
Total emissions per employee 0.61 0.68
Purchase of renewable energy (50.4) N/A
Total net GHG emissions 366.6 N/A
Net emissions per employee 0.54 N/A
Fuel type  Emissions conversion factor source
UK electricity – location based (excluding
transmission and distribution), UK gas,
diesel, R134-a, R32 and R22 F-gas
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2019–20
Overseas electricity http://www.carbon-calculator.org.uk/

Mandatory greenhouse gas report

Reporting scope

  • Our methodology has been based on the principles of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, taking account of the 2015 amendment which sets out a 'dual reporting’ methodology for the reporting of Scope 2 emissions. This means that UK electricity is reported using two methods.
  • We have reported on all the measured emissions sources required under The Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors’ Report) Regulations 2013, except where stated.
  • The period of our report is 01/01/2019 – 31/12/2019.
  • This includes emissions under Scope 1 and 2, except where stated, but excludes any emissions from Scope 3.
  • Conversion factors for UK electricity (location-based methodology), gas and other emissions are those published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for 2019–20.
  • Conversion factors for UK electricity (market-based methodology) have been set as 0, due to the 100% renewable electricity tariffs which were in place throughout the 2019 year.
  • The market-based methodology has only been applied to UK electricity supplies.
  • Conversion factors for overseas electricity have been provided by the Government of India, taken from 2018.
  • Conversion factors for overseas (India only) diesel usage are those published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for 2019–20.
  • Conversion factors used for the reporting of F-Gases R22, R32 and R134-a are those published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for 2019–20.
  • The following emission IDs have been retired and are not included within the 2019 report:

– Prestige Finance – gas meters 2978102004 (OSB-INV-04189-10-07-NAT-004) and 2978102105 (OSBINV- 04189-10-07-NAT-105) have been disconnected and replaced by new gas meter (OSB-04189-10-07-GAS-104).

– Maidstone – site closed in November 2017. Emission ID for electricity (OSBINV- 04189-10-05-ELE-841) retired.

  • The following sites have been added to the portfolio during the 2019 reporting year: 30 Watersmeet and 51 Watersmeet.
  • There has been a significant reduction in F-Gas recharges between 2018 and 2019 as no F-Gas recharges were required for any of the UK sites.
  • There has been an increase in combustion, due primarily to the estimation applied to the ‘Prestige’ site as no gas data was available for the 2019 year, therefore benchmarking estimation based on office type and floor area has been applied (using TM46 benchmarks).
  • There has been a reduction in emissions relating to purchased energy (electricity) which is due in large part to the lower 2019 carbon factor for location-based grid electricity, as electricity usage increased in 2019 to 2,314.5 MWh (from 2,180 MWh in 2018).

Statement of exclusions

  • Global diesel/petrol use (for vehicles) has been excluded from the report on the basis that data is not available for reporting. This is due to be reviewed for inclusion in future years.
  • It has been confirmed that there is no LPG use within the estate, either in the UK or overseas.
  • It has been confirmed that there is no mains gas supply in relation to the India operations.
  • Two UK sites, Interbay and Fleet, continue to be excluded from reporting as these are managed rented properties with energy charged as a flat rate as part of a service charge and are therefore excluded on the basis of the financial control approach. Heritable at Newman Street is a landlord site, but as data was available for reporting in the 2018 year, this data has been used as a direct comparison estimation for 2019 to ensure consistency.

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