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 2017

This graph shows the carbon emissions (CO2) totals across each quarter of our 2016/17 financial year. Use the filters above for an annual historical breakdown to 2009, including totals against our full time equivalent (FTE) staff.

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 - 2016/17275
Quarter 2 - 2016/17313
Quarter 3 - 2016/17358
Quarter 4 - 2016/17208
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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 2017

Since 2009 we've seen our carbon emissions rise from 948 tonnes in 2009-10 to 1153 tonnes in 2016-17. 

This rise in carbon emissions can be attributed to a 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 now seen drop in the latest carbon figures of 109 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
2016-17886267
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Source: Ofgem data collection.

Information correct as of: 01 April 2017

Since 2009 we've seen our carbon emissions rise from 948 tonnes in 2009-10 to 1153 tonnes in 2016-17. However this rise in carbon produced can be attributed to a higher level of FTE staff in both our London and Glasgow offices. This table shows when the carbon is split across all of our FTE staff we have seen a drop  in 2016-17 of 0.07 tonnes per FTE from the previous year and a drop of 1.6 tonnes of carbon per FTE since 2009-10.

During 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. 

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

Ofgem is committed to reducing its 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 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
2016-171.040.31
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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 2017

Since 2009 we've reduced our water usage from around 10 m3 of water per FTE staff to around 8 m3 in 2016-17.

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
2016-178.1
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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 2017

What our latest waste quarterly update shows

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 - 2016/171654
Quarter 2 - 2016/171535
Quarter 3 - 2016/171872
Quarter 4 - 2016/172253
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Source: Ofgem data from collection.

Information correct as of: 01 April 2017

Since 2009 we have significantly reduced our waste to energy output from around 0.2 tonnes of waste per full-time equivalent (FTE) staff to around 0.1 tonnes in 2016-17.  

We have also reduced our recycled waste by 0.03 tonnes in the last financial year. These reductions have 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
2016-170.060.010
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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 2017

Since 2009 we've seen our Waste drop from 84 tonnes  in 2009-10 to 53 tonnes in 2016-17. 

This drop in Waste can be attributed to a change in working practices in both our London and Glasgow offices. Durning this period we have implemented several Waste reduction measures such as becoming a "Zero Waste to Landfill" producer and increased staff training and awareness. 

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
2016-1753150
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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 2017

Understanding the graph

This graph shows the waste total for the first quarter of our 2016-17 financial year compared to the same period last year.

What our latest waste quarterly update shows:

In the first quarter of the 2016-17 financial year, we generated 24 tonnes of waste. In quarter 2 of the same year our waste  dropped by 4 tonnes.

In quarter 4 compared with quarters 1, 2 and 3 we have seen a drop in total waste produced of 14 tonnes bringing our total waste produced to 10 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 846.

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 - 2016-1724
Quarter 2 - 2016-1720
Quarter 3 - 2016-1713
Quarter 4 - 2016-1710
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