Reporting our environmental impact

We record and report statistics on the environmental impact of our estate operations as part of our commitment to sustainability and in our duties to meet Greening Government targets.

Our graphs below are updated on a quarterly basis and cover the following information in aggregate form:

  • Total carbon emissions by quarter
  • Total carbon emissions from travel and energy since 2009
  • Total carbon emissions from travel and energy per full-time equivalent (FTE) staff since 2009
  • Total water used by quarter
  • Total water used per FTE staff since 2009
  • Total waste generated by quarter
  • Total waste generated since 2009
  • Total waste generated per FTE staff since 2009

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Javascript is required to render chart Total carbon emissions by quarter.

Source: Ofgem data from collection.

Information correct as of: 01 April 2016

This graph shows the carbon emissions (CO2) totals across each quarter of our 2015/16 financial year. Use the filters above for an annual historical breakdown to 2009, including totals against our full time equivalent (FTE) staff.

What our latest CO2 quarterly update shows

In the first quarter of 2015/16, we released 344 tonnes of CO2, 238 tonnes of which relate to CO2 from energy use. In the second Quarter of 2015/16 we have released 301 tonnes of CO2 this is a fall of 43 tonnes from the previous quarter. In Quarter 4 there was a rise of 84 tonnes of CO2 produced, we can attribute the rise to changing weather conditions and other seasonal factors such as building heating. 

How are we reducing our CO2 emissions?

We have researched, developed and implemented cutting edge technologies and practices to ensure a continued reduction in our overall CO2 output. This includes:

  • Installing a Building Management System to ensure our heating and cooling equipment works to maximum efficiency.
  • Installing energy efficient lighting across all our major sites.
  • Extending periods of heating/cooling downtime.
  • Ensuring that we are compliant with our ISO14001 accredited Environmental Management System.

These measures and others have made a significant impact on reducing our CO2.

Policy Areas:

  • Corporate information

Data Table

Total carbon emissions by quarter
CO2 emissions by quarter
Quarter 1 - 2015/16344
Quarter 2 - 2015/16301
Quarter 3 - 2015/16311
Quarter 4 - 2015/16395
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Javascript is required to render chart Total carbon emissions from travel and energy since 2009.

Source: Ofgem data from collection.

Information correct as of: 01 April 2016

Since 2009 we've seen our carbon emissions rise from 948 tonnes in 2009-10 to 1262 tonnes in 2015-16. 

This rise in carbon emissions can be attributed to the significant rise in staff levels in both our London and Glasgow offices as well as our new office spaces to accommodate this. Durning this period we have implemented several carbon reduction measures such as the roll out of Video Conferencing across our estate to try to curb the amount of carbon emitted. As a result of these measures we have not seen drop in the latest carbon figures of 45 tonnes. 

The data used to create this graph has been collected analysed and audited as part of our internal checks on our Enviromental Management System (EMS), our EMS is also externally audited by BSI.

Ofgem is committed to reducing it's carbon footprint across all sites and all aspects of the business, further information can be found in our environmental policy.

Policy Areas:

  • Corporate information

Data Table

Total carbon emissions from travel and energy since 2009
CO2 from energyCO2 from travel
2009-1088365
2010-1175648
2011-1269267
2012-13832178
2013-14873355.29
2014-15932375
2015-16923339
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Source: Ofgem data collection.

Information correct as of: 01 April 2016

Since 2009 we've seen our carbon emissions rise from 948 tonnes in 2009-10 to 1262 tonnes in 2015-16. 

This rise in carbon emissions can be attributed to the significant rise in staff levels in both our London and Glasgow offices as well as our new office spaces to accommodate this. Durning this period we have implemented several carbon reduction measures such as the roll out of Video Conferencing across our estate to try to curb the amount of carbon emitted. As a result of these measures we have not seen drop in the latest carbon figures of 45 tonnes. 

The data used to create this graph has been collected analysed and audited as part of our internal checks on our Enviromental Management System (EMS), our EMS is also externally audited by BSI.

Ofgem is committed to reducing it's carbon footprint across all sites and all aspects of the business, further information can be found in our environmental policy.

Note: The Greening Government target for carbon emissions is to reduce carbon usage by 25% by 2014/15, using 2009/10 as the baseline. In that time our number of full-time equivalent (FTE) staff has grown by 40%. We have therefore modified the target to a 25% reduction per FTE staff, using the same baseline.

Policy Areas:

  • Corporate information

Data Table

Total carbon emissions from travel and energy per full-time equivalent staff since 2009
CO2 from energyCO2 from travel
2009-102.80.15
2010-111.50.1
2011-121.230.12
2012-131.090.23
2013-141.030.54
2014-150.900.42
2015-161.040.38
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Javascript is required to render chart Total water used per full-time equivalent staff since 2009.

Source: Ofgem Data collected from sites.

Information correct as of: 01 April 2016

Since 2009 we've reduced our water usage from around 10 m3 of water per FTE staff to around 9 m3 in 2015-16. Our recent rise in water usage can be attributed to the significant rise in staff levels in both our London and Glasgow offices as well as our new office spaces to accommodate this. For details of what we have implemented to help meet our reductions, see our graph 'Total water used by quarter'.

Policy Areas:

  • Corporate information

Data Table

Total water used per full-time equivalent staff since 2009
Water used per FTE staff (m3)
2009-109.5
2010-119
2011-129.5
2012-138.7
2013-148.9
2014-157.3
2015-169.1
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Javascript is required to render chart Total water used by quarter.

Source: Ofgem data from collection.

Information correct as of: 01 April 2016

Understanding the graph

What our latest waste quarterly update shows

In Quarter 4 we have seen a fall in water used of 125m3. This rise in use can be attributed to increased preventative maintenance across the estate.

Since our 2009/10 water consumption is used as a baseline to measure our reductions, this figure is better understood with reference to the number of FTE staff at Ofgem. Since 2009/10 this figure has grown by 40%. Our current FTE staff number is 1000.

How are we reducing our water consumption?

We have fitted water saving products in both our London and Glasgow offices. These include:

  • 'Toilet Hippos'
  • push button showers
  • aerated taps
  • additional water meters.

By installing additional water meters, we are able to check and audit our consumption which helps us to identify and resolve problems such as leaks and redundant plant equipment.

Policy Areas:

  • Corporate information

Data Table

Total water used by quarter
Water used by quarter (m3)
Quarter 1 - 2015/162323
Quarter 2 - 2015/162178
Quarter 3 - 2015/161992
Quarter 4 - 2015/161867
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Source: Ofgem data from collection.

Information correct as of: 01 April 2016

Since 2009 we have significantly reduced our waste output from around 0.2 tonnes of waste per full-time equivalent (FTE) staff to around 0.1 tonnes in 2015-16. This 50% reduction has been achieved using a variety of methods and with the full participation of our staff and suppliers. For full details of what we have implemented to help meet our reductions, see our graph 'Total waste generated by quarter' using the filter above.

Policy Areas:

  • Corporate information

Data Table

Total waste generated per full-time equivalent staff since 2009
RecycledWaste to energyLandfill
2009-100.110.060.03
2010-110.140.050
2011-120.130.040
2012-130.090.040
2013-140.090.020
2014-150.090.020
2015-160.090.020
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Javascript is required to render chart Total waste generated since 2009.

Source: Ofgem data from collection.

Information correct as of: 01 April 2016

Since 2009 we've seen our Waste rise from 84 tonnes  in 2009-10 to 95 tonnes in 2015-16. 

This rise in Waste can be attributed to the significant rise in staff levels in both our London and Glasgow offices as well as our new office spaces to accommodate this. Durning this period we have implemented several Waste reduction measures such as becoming a "Zero Waste to Landfill" producer increased staff training and awareness. As a result of these measures we have no seen drop in the latest 2015-2016 waste figures of  8 tonnes. 

The data used to create this graph has been collected analysed and audited as part of our internal checks on our Enviromental Management System (EMS), our EMS is also externally audited by BSI.

Ofgem is committed to reducing it's carbon footprint across all sites and all aspects of the business, further information can be found in our environmental policy.

Policy Areas:

  • Corporate information

Data Table

Total waste generated since 2009
RecycledWaste to energyLandfill
2009-10462513
2010-1169270
2011-1276250
2012-1365330
2013-1489180
2014-1581220
2015-1678170
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Javascript is required to render chart Total waste generated by quarter.

Source: Ofgem data from collection .

Information correct as of: 01 April 2016

Understanding the graph

This graph shows the waste total for the first quarter of our 2015-16 financial year compared to the same period last year.

What our latest waste quarterly update shows:

In the first quarter of the 2015-16 financial year, we generated 24 tonnes of waste. In quarter 2 of the same year our waste remained the same.

In quarter 4 compared with quarters 1 and 2  we have seen a drop in total waste produced of 2 tonnes bringing our total waste produced to 22 tonnes. 

Since our 2009/10 waste is used as a baseline to measure our reductions, this figure is better understood with reference to the number of FTE staff at Ofgem. Since 2009/10 this figure has grown by 40%. Our current FTE staff number is 1000.

How are we reducing our waste?

We regularly engage with our staff on our waste output. Some of the things we have implemented are:

  • Removal of personal bins
  • Including waste as part of the Ofgem induction for new staff
  • Switching from disposable to reusable items such as cups

Since 2011/12, our estate has been 'zero to landfill'. We've also increased the ratio of waste being recycled/converted to refuse derived fuel so that it now stands at 80:10.

We operate an ISO14001 accredited Environmental Management System which receives regular external and internal audit. We have visibility of our waste from origin to disposal, this particularly important when dealing with hazardous waste.

Policy Areas:

  • Corporate information

Data Table

Total waste generated by quarter
Waste generated by quarter
Quarter 1 - 2015-1624
Quarter 2 - 2015-1624
Quarter 3 - 2015-1623
Quarter 4 - 2015-1622
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