We acknowledge the global threat of climate change and are committed to reducing our emissions and energy use. The Paris Agreement provides an international framework for tackling climate change, and we aim to play our part by reducing the carbon footprint of our business.
We have set a target of a 25% reduction in scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions per 100sq metres of completed homes by 2018 compared with 2013.
We have reduced scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions intensity by 24% since 2013, including through our energy reduction programmes in place in our offices, on our sites and within our show homes and sales areas and by purchasing green tariff and lower carbon electricity. We are close to meeting our target of a 25% intensity reduction by 2018. Further information on our approach is available in our Sustainability Report 2016.
We continue to participate annually in CDP (the Carbon Disclosure Project) and our 2016 submission is available below. We received a score of B in 2016 (2015: 97 D). This improvement reflects our progress at reducing the carbon intensity of our direct operations.
Performance in 2016
Carbon Trust Data
During 2016 we achieved the Carbon Trust Standard for our overall approach to carbon management, including our policy, strategy and verification of our data and processes. We are the first homebuilder to achieve this.
Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)
ESOS is a mandatory energy assessment scheme for large organisations in the UK. Taylor Wimpey UK qualified for ESOS and we therefore conducted the required audits of the energy used by our buildings, industrial processes and transport, as well as identifying energy saving measures. We notified the scheme regulator the Environment Agency that we had met our ESOS obligations.
Our CDP 2016 submission, Carbon Trust's verification documents and MCR discussion of underlying factors can be found below: