Our Environment

Introduction

We understand that some of our operations may have an impact on the environment. We are committed to minimising these impacts as well as working to help our customers understand and reduce their impact on the environment through the hire of access platforms.

We recognise that climate change is a significant issue for the world today and seek to play our part in mitigating the key driver of climate change, emissions of CO2

We maintain detailed records of the level of energy and water used by our businesses as well as Green House Gas ("GHG") and other emissions that our operations produce. This data is available for each business unit on a national, regional or local basis and enables each management team to critically review performance and identify areas for improvement and other energy emissions reduction. The Group reviews the energy usage of all business units on a quarterly basis to highlight areas of concern and monitor actions taken to improve performance.

Details of the Group's GHG emissions for 2014 and 2015 can be found below.

Activities across the Group

The Group is actively working to adapt our practices to minimse our impact with regard to climate change. Over 90% of the Group's CO2 emissions are generated by the transport fleet, other company vehicles and through electricity usage in our offices and depots. We are pursuing a number of initiatives to reduce the impact of these practices and regularly monitor our performance against published targets. 

Transport fleet
In the UK and Germany we operate our own fleet of transport vehicles to deliver and collect units from customer sites. As each part of this fleet reaches the end of its useful life we seek to replace them with new units which meet the latest emissions specifications. During 2016 the UK will have upgraded over one third of its transport fleet to the Euro VI specification.

In addition, our vehicles are fitted with telematics to monitor driving behavior. These allow transport managers to provide clear feedback and recommendations to our drivers on how to adapt driving styles to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. We publish league tables of driving efficiency internally to encourage uptake and competition between our staff.

Finally we use state-of-the-art transport planning tools to optimise the delivery and collection routes, minimising fuel consumption and consequent emissions. 

Car and van fleet
Our company car and van policies are also designed with regard to CO2 emissions. Approved company vehicles must not exceed a nationally set emissions cap. The cap is reviewed periodically and lowered to drive the use of more efficient vehicles.

Electricity and energy use
Our UK and German businesses undertook external audits of their operations and facilities under the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme ("ESOS"). We will be reviewing and implementing the findings of the audit in the coming periods. 

During 2015 we tendered for a new energy provider for our German and Belgian operations, selecting a supplier who supplies energy from sustainable sources.

In addition our Belgian head office receives some 25% of its energy requirements from solar photo-voltaic panels on its roof. 
 

GHG Emissions Report

Methodology
We have reported on all of the emission sources required under the Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors’ Reports) Regulations 2013.

The method we have used to calculate GHG emissions is the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard (revised edition), together with the latest emission factors from recognised public sources including, but not limited to, Defra, the International Energy Agency, the US Energy Information Administration, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Intergovernmental panel on Climate Change.

Our GHG emission data is independently verified by a third party.

Limitations to data collection
Waste disposal and waste recycling at Middle East sites have been excluded as data was not available.

Scopes
The GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard (revised edition) dictates to report the GHG emissions by Scopes 1, 2 and 3.

Scope 1
Includes direct GHG emissions from sources that are owned or controlled by the company such as natural gas combustion and company owned vehicles.

Scope 2
Accounts for GHG emissions from the off site generation of purchased electricity, heat and steam.

Scope 3
Includes all other indirect emissions. Included in this assessment are waste disposal, business travel and third-party deliveries.

Reporting of scope 3 activities is optional. However, these activities can contribute a significant portion of overall emissions and it is therefore decided to report these where applicable.

Not Included
• Staff commuting
• Third-party maintenance
• Emissions arising from customer use of rental fleet