IMPERIAL
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT REPORT 2016
REPORT
INDEX
Minimising our environmental footprint
FUEL USAGE
(ROAD AND NON-ROAD)
296 870 kilolitres
(2015: 328 000 kilolitres)
 
ELECTRICTY PURCHASED
229 371 megawatt hours
(2015: 232 840 megawatt hours)
WATER CONSUMPTION
1 767 582 kilolitres
(2015: 1 805 470 kilolitres)
ENVIRONMENTAL INCIDENTS
63
(2015: 81)
FINES OR PENALTIES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL INCIDENTS
None
(2015: None)
SCOPE 1 EMISSIONS
Reduced
10,5% to 811 880
tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) and accounting for 80,5% of total emissions.
59% Logistics Africa (2015: 60%)
32% Logistics International (2015: 31%)
3% Vehicle Import, Distribution and Dealerships (2015: 4%)
6% Vehicle Retail, Rental and Aftermarket Parts (2015: 5%)
SCOPE 2 EMISSIONS
Reduced
0,65% to 197 939
tonnes of CO2

 

STRENGTHENING LEGITIMACY AMONG ALL STAKEHOLDERS

Our approach to environmental sustainability is to drive efficiencies in terms of resource conservation, cost reduction and optimal waste management. The group's sustainability management system collates, processes, tracks and communicates data from over 1 200 business sites globally. This covers all operational sites that are owned, partially owned and leased by Imperial. The system allows for effective reporting and assists with the sharing of climate change issues and initiatives between divisions.

Ongoing improvement in data collection, is enabling individual businesses to set environmental targets. While savings achieved at an individual company level may be small, across the group they add up to a meaningful reduction in environmental footprint. There is still significant scope for improvement in our environmental performance and this will continue to be a focus going forward.

Fuel is an increasingly decisive factor in determining logistics costs for clients, therefore finding ways to reduce consumption can provide a competitive advantage. Fuel efficiency measures implemented include route planning, the use of the highest Euro-rated vehicles available, vehicle management systems that measure mileage, operational status and consumption, as well as ongoing driver training. During the year, Logistics South Africa successfully piloted the use of emissions-reducing cryo-fridge trailers which are powered by liquid nitrogen.

In the Vehicles division the focus is on water required to wash vehicles. The use of rain water harvesting tanks, wastewater recycling facilities at wash bays and a virtually waterless car washing system at four car rental facilities, conserve the water drawn from municipal sources.

Given that our strategy is focused on expansion, our absolute emissions are expected to increase over the next five years. However, due to our environmental initiatives, we predict that our emissions intensity rates will decrease over the medium term.

CASE STUDIES
Preserving fast-moving consumer goods while reducing electricity required for refrigeration
Imperial Cold Logistics uses dry air climate control systems in five facilities to reduce electricity consumption and other overhead costs, as well as limit produce damage and waste.
Reducing carbon emissions and noise pollution by utilising alternate transport refrigeration technology
Since November 2014, Imperial Fast n Fresh has been testing cryo-fridge units in the transportation of produce for Woolworths, with successful results.
Introducing two environment-friendly push boats to the South American fleet
Logistics International introduced two new push boats equipped with innovative energy efficiency solutions.
Optimising transport services with new lightweight trailers
Imperial Logistics International's new lightweight trailers reduce operating costs and carbon emissions due to fewer transport runs.
Lowering the environmental footprint of Magnis Trucks
Initiatives including photovoltaic systems and water treatment plants, to the responsible disposal of waste are implemented across Magnis Trucks dealerships.
Using electricity meters to identify peak electricity loads
Imperial Retail Logistics installed an electricity meter in the Cape Town depot's battery bay which highlighted that the day-to-day process of recharging batteries could be changed to achieve electricity and cost savings.