The Environment Agency (EA) has called on large organisations to improve their environmental reporting and performance.
The plea came as the Agency unveiled its first internal environment management update and announced it had cut its own CO2 emissions by almost a fifth in the past five years.
Highlights from the update included:
- office waste – reduced by 18% with 66% less to landfill
- mileage – reduced by 33% with 19 million fewer miles per year
- carbon dioxide – 17% reduction in emissions
- buildings’ energy – 15% reduction in use
- mains water – 18% reduction
The EA notes that most of Britain’s biggest publicly listed businesses are now disclosing some information about their environmental performance on an annual basis. But a recent EA study of more than 500 FTSE All-share companies indicated that not enough were providing environmental statistics in line with Government guidance, and that the quality of information was varied.
Chief executive Dr Paul Leinster said: “Big organisations often have a big environmental footprint. Transport, energy and waste all contribute and need to be managed, measured and reduced. Those that do so effectively will reduce costs and improve their reputation.
“In the future, we will see higher energy prices, more carbon reporting and greater competition for resources. Good environmental management helps to address each and also helps to reduce our running costs. Our own experience shows that focusing on a few important measures, embedding them into every team and reporting to the board each year, are key to success.”
Large companies and public sector organisations have recently submitted their first Carbon Reduction Commitment footprint reports to the Government, summarising their energy efficiency performance in recent years. They will be compiled into a league table and published in October.