Carbon Footprint

We recognise the impact that our business activities can have on the environment. G4S’ total carbon footprint during 2017 equates to 501,467 t/CO2e.

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Through operational year-on-year growth, we anticipate our direct carbon emissions to grow proportionately in line with revenue and have therefore established a G4S average carbon intensity of 62.9 tonnes of CO2e per £1m of revenue at 2017 exchange rates.

GHG Emissions Chart

   2014  2015  2016  2017
t/CO2e GHG emissions per £m revenue  75.0  72.3  68.1  62.9
 Totgal GHG emissions t/CO2e 542,429  525,403  514,446  501,467
 Scope 1 t/CO2e 312,708  304,511  296,543  297,211
 Scope 2 t/CO2e  107,232 108,398 108,369  103,915
 Scope 3 t/CO2e (Air Travel)  17,573  16,088  15,261  20,368

Our Emissions

Emissions by scope, Graph
Emissions by source, Graph

Alongside the risks faced by people and infrastructure from climate change are the challenges presented by global economic conditions.

Managing fuel costs and the impact of “carbon taxes” through programmes to improve the Group’s energy efficiency and reduce its environmental impacts are important to the continued effectiveness and sustainability of the Group’s business.

We follow WBCSD* and WRI** Greenhouse Gas Protocol to measure our Scope 1 and 2 emissions – vehicle fleet, fuel, refrigerants and electricity usage for G4S businesses over which the Group has financial and operational control. In addition the Group has measured Scope 3 emissions from employee business air travel.

The businesses that reported data in the 2017 GHG measurement represent 90% of the Group’s operations, across a 12 month period. This level of measurement, including each of the Group’s main service types, allows reliable calculation of the total GHG emissions for 100% of the Group.

The G4S total carbon footprint during 2017, extrapolated to 100% of the business equates to some 501,467 t/CO2e. These CO2e emissions, including emissions generated by services which our customers have outsourced to G4S, have decreased by 2.5% since 2016 – against a 3.2% revenue growth in our core businesses during the same period, reflecting the efforts made to increase the energy efficiency of our business.

In 2018, we will continue to implement energy efficiency strategies with the aim of reducing carbon intensity by at least 3.5% per annum.

* World Business Council for Sustainable Development

** World Resources Institute