Our approach

We are creating a culture that adopts technologies, materials and processes to ensure we minimise our impact on the environment.

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Vitec’s products and processes

We continue to implement initiatives aimed at sustaining and protecting the environment, in the areas of research and development, production, packaging and waste disposal.

Our products and services have a low impact on the environment. We use low hazard materials, minimise the use of resources during the manufacturing process and search for materials that are sustainable and can be recycled and reused. Our efforts and environmental awareness have continued to evolve, not only to comply with regulations but also to make our business better. By putting in place an environmental management system we are reducing operating costs and business risks, while ensuring sustainability.

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Our green practices

As part of our commitment to responsible business practices, we have continued initiatives aimed at reducing energy, paper and water use, encouraging recycling and proper waste disposal, and promoting a culture of sustainability among our employees.

We monitor and track our usage of electricity, gas and water across our manufacturing, warehouse and administrative sites and make efforts, where possible, to reduce our usage both to reduce costs and the impact on the environment.

Many buildings within the Group have timer and motion sensors for lighting to save on electricity usage. Other buildings have programmable thermostats that are centrally managed to optimise the building’s heating and cooling needs.

The electricity contracts with Green Certificates at the Italian sites were renewed in 2016 for a further three years, confirming the commitment to use energy generated by renewable sources.

The Photographic Division’s sites in Cassola and Feltre in Italy had their ISO 14001 status confirmed in 2016 whilst the Broadcast Division’s site in Costa Rica had its ISO 14000 status confirmed in 2016 showing that these operations have designed and implemented effective environmental management systems.

Our electricity, gas and water usage based on usage per £million of Group revenue

Employees in Italy participated in an environmental awareness initiative called the “Green to Work week”, during which employees were encouraged to consider alternative ways to get to the office, either using public transport, cycling or car sharing. Healthy food was promoted in the canteen and employees could win “green” products for participating. Similar initiatives are run elsewhere in the Group including recycling campaigns and reduction of usage of consumables. Employees and their families from the Costa Rica site took part in a tree planting day in celebration of Earth Day to help support and protect their local environment.

In accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Directors Reports) Regulations and the requirement to report on greenhouse gas emissions, we have developed processes to accurately capture and report all material Scope 1 and 2 emissions as defined by the Greenhouse Gas protocol as of 31 December 2016. We have applied the financial control basis for our reporting boundary. These emissions have been recorded at 21 of our operating sites in the 12 months to 30 September 2016, and arise from on-site energy use and any fugitive emissions, and transport from owned vehicles. We have identified these major operating sites as the material sites for the Group for this requirement as it covers our principal sites: Feltre, Italy; Bury St. Edmunds, UK; Cartago, Costa Rica; Burbank, US; Ashby-de-la-Zouch, UK; Irvine, US; and Shelton, US. These sites account for over 95% of the Group by revenue. We have excluded our smaller sites as their size and scale of operations are not material with respect to their Scope 1 and 2 emissions.

Our most significant emissions arise from the use of electricity which makes up all our Scope 2 emissions. Approximately two thirds of our Scope 1 emissions arise from the use of natural gas with the remainder mostly arising from transport fuel. All of our emissions have been calculated using the latest Defra conversion factors available at here.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions for the period from 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016 (Tonnes of CO2 equivalent)

   2016 2015
Scope 1 emissions 1,709 1,599
Scope 2 emissions 4,353 4,458
Total gross emissions 6,062 6,057
Total carbon emissions per £m of Group revenue 16.1 19.1

We have selected a reporting date of 30 September each year to enable accurate data to be collated to compile the Greenhouse Gas Emissions disclosure in time for inclusion in the Annual Report. We have conducted an internal review to check the completeness and accuracy of the reported data.

Potential areas of saving have been identified in our larger production sites in the UK, Italy and Costa Rica. These include energy efficient lighting, staff awareness, regular maintenance programmes, optimisation of machinery and equipment switch off, and optimisation of control around air conditioning. Associated capital requirements and payback periods will be assessed as opportunities arise to identify the best opportunities to pursue, balancing the need to deliver on other business priorities in 2017 and beyond.