As a business, we recognise and welcome the greater responsibility that comes with the scope and scale of UDG Healthcare and therefore consider our environmental performance a key pillar of our organisational sustainability. We are committed to limiting the environmental impact of our operations by continuously monitoring our activities, reviewing environmental advances in technology and our responsiveness to environmental challenges. To date we have demonstrated our commitment to environmentally responsible operations by reducing our impact on the environment in multiple areas of our global business. The launch of our Environmental Sustainability policy and the completion of energy efficiency assessments in 2016 identified a requirement to gain a better understanding of our environmental footprint, its impact, and how it is changing.
ENERGY AND EMISSIONS
The CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project runs a global disclosure system that enables companies to measure and manage their environmental impacts. UDG Healthcare discloses emissions and environmental data annually to the CDP. CDP 2017 was the strongest performance for UDG Healthcare in over six years of reporting, with scoring improvements across the main categories of Disclosure, Awareness, Management and Leadership. We will work to make further improvements in CDP 2018, as we embed sustainability targets and objectives into the business.
CARBON FOOTPRINT AND CAR FLEETS
This year we have improved the consistency of the methodology used to calculate our fleet CO2 emissions. We are now standardising our measurement of CO2 using the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) emission factor calculation to express our fleet carbon footprint for all businesses with the exception of the German business. In Germany our fleet comprises of lower emission vehicles hence they have a lower carbon footprint even though they travel more miles annually.
GEOGRAPHICAL CHART OF ENERGY AND EMISSION
TONNAGE OF CO2 (EXCLUDING CAR FLEETS)