Environmental Performance 2015

We're continually looking for ways to reduce our environmental footprint. Each year we set challenging targets for each of our sites to reduce their energy, water, waste and carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2(e)) emissions. 

However, as we increased production units, stepped up our rate of new product innovation and invested in line automation, energy usage grew overall and our use of non-ingredient water expanded as we increased manufacturing flexibility and improved customer service. 

CO2(e) emissions per tonne marginally decreased, however, the 2015/16 reduction target was not achieved due to a changing mix of products as we move to a wider range of pack sizes and weights to meet consumer trends. The below chart sets out our environmental performance for the year on an absolute basis, whilst the table sets out environment targets and perfomance as relative measures, based on tonnes of product manufactured, unless otherwise stated.


2015/16 Target 2015/16 
Maintain zero waste to landfill (Absolute)  Zero Reduce waste (RDF)
to incineration by
Reduce energy consumption by -2.5% +4.7% -1.5%
Reduce (non-ingredient) water usage by -2.3% +8.3% -1.5%
Reduce Carbon equivalent (CO2 (e)) emissions by -1.5% -0.1% -1.5%


Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reporting

In the table below we have detailed our scope 1 & 2 GHG emissions for the period 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2015 from a 2011 baseline year. While the financial year end of the Company has changed from 31 December, the regulations permit environmental reporting for a period outside of a company’s financial year.
  Global tonnes of CO2(e)
GHG Emissions 2015 2014 2011
Base Year
Scope 1 44,397.73 41,476.78 158,164.71
Scope 2 39,365.63 42,940.71 133,046.62
Total annual net emissions 83,763.36 84,417.49 291,211.33
Overall Intensity (kgCO2e per tonne of product) 251.15 258.14 143.3 



Premier Foods’ GHG emissions were assessed and calculated using internal data and emission factors from Defra’s Conversion Factors for Company Reporting 2014 for converting energy usage to carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2(e)) emissions. We have followed the methodology in the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard (revised edition). The analysis has used an operational control approach. This assessment takes into account all of the emission sources required under the Companies Act 2006. The emissions data relates to all production sites within the control of the Company during the period.

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