Climate Change

Bellway 2015-16 Carbon Footprint Verification Statement

We will develop quarterly carbon reporting with a view to establishing carbon reduction targets in future years.

 

Bellway recognises the significant effect carbon emissions have on the climate and as a responsible organisation we seek to actively manage this risk on an ongoing basis. 

Carbon Measurement & Reporting

We measure our carbon footprint based on the UK Government’s Environmental Reporting Guidelines (2013) and emission factors from the 2016 Government GHG Conversion Factors for Company Reporting. We are continuing to improve our data recording processes and this year’s footprint includes for the first time gas and electricity consumption emissions from our inventory of completed homes (prior to handover to customers) and an estimate of consumption for offices where utilities are included in building service charges.

Emissions excluded from our footprint are as follows:

  • Gas and electricity from part-exchange properties due to immateriality and difficulty in accurately reporting and recording this data.
  • Emissions from site-based combined heat and power units for which the Group does not have operational control.

This year our footprint was again independently verified by Zeco Energy to a 'reasonable assurance level'.

We have continued our approach of communicating carbon performance to our stakeholders. In line with the Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors’ Reports) Regulations 2013, we reported on our greenhouse gas (‘GHG’) emissions as part of the annual report and accounts and we have continued our participation in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The CDP is a voluntary disclosure programme which follows the principles and guidance for carbon emission calculation and reporting as directed by the EU. In the 2015 CDP we received a score of 91 out of 100 for disclosure (up from 81 in 2014) and were ranked in performance band D.

2015/16 Carbon Footprint

We measure and categorise our carbon emissions by fuel (including diesel and petrol used on our developments and for travel in company vehicles on Group business), gas and electricity use.

Greenhouse Gas Emission (tonnes of CO2e)1
  2016 2015
  Excl. inventory plots / office recharged utilities Incl. inventory plots / office recharged utilities 2 Excl. inventory plots / office recharged utilities Incl. inventory plots3 / office recharged utilities 2
Scope 1 - Combustion of fuel & operation of facilities (including diesel and petrol used on-site and in company cars on Group business) 13,845 16,362 10,634 13,223
Scope 2 – Electricity purchased for our own use 5,050 5,972 4,358 5,174
Total Emissions 18,895 22,334 14,992 18,397
Emissions Intensity:        
tCO2e per Bellway home sold 4 2.2 2.6 1.9 2.4
tCO2e per Bellway employee 5 7.9 9.4 6.9 8.5
  1. 1. Carbon dioxide equivalent.
  2. 2. Carbon impact for offices with landlord recharged utilities is estimated based on average consumption per square metre for offices with billed utilities. 
  3. 3. Carbon impact of inventory plots is estimated from known consumption data for c.60% of plots, extrapolated across all plots for the year.
  4. 4. Based on number of legal completions.
  5. 5. Based on the average number of employees during the year.

Our overall carbon emissions have increased by 49% to 22,334 tonnes CO2e, driven by a number of factors:

  • Improved data capture and reporting – this year our emissions include gas and electricity consumption from our inventory of completed homes (prior to handover to customers) and an estimate of consumption for offices where utilities are included in building service charges. Together these elements represent 53% of the increase.
  • Increased construction activity – the number of legal completions has increased by 12.5% to 8,721.

On a like for like comparison (excluding carbon from our inventory of completed homes and offices with a utility recharge) our carbon emissions have increased by 26% to 18,895. On this same basis carbon emissions per home sold have increased by 12% to 2.2 and carbon emissions per employee have risen by 14% to 9.4.

2016 saw the appointment of a third party company to help manage our utility portfolio, delivering improvements in the accuracy and collection of carbon data. This has given greater visibility to the areas of significant energy consumption across the business. Along with a move to internal quarterly reporting, this will enable the Group to consider carbon reduction targets in future years.

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