We acknowledge the global threat of climate change and are committed to reducing our emissions, energy use and waste, and to reviewing water use. Further information on what we do to achieve this is available in our Sustainability Report 2015.
We continue to participate annually in CDP (the Carbon Disclosure Project) and our 2015 submission is available below. We received a score of 97% for disclosure and performance band D in comparison with our peers (2014: 88% / C). We are proud of our increased disclosure score but aim to improve our performance band over time.
We have used the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard (revised edition), data gathered to fulfil our requirements under the Mandatory Carbon Reporting (MCR) requirements, and emission factors from the Government’s GHG Conversion Factors for our corporate reporting.
Data is provided as tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) for all operations. Scope 1 and 2 emissions are from our sites, offices, show homes and sales areas, plots before sale and car fleet. Our 2015 scope 1 and 2 emission data has been externally verified by the Carbon Trust. We have also estimated four scope 3 categories: purchased goods and services, business travel, waste generated in operations and fuel and energy related activities. We are committed to continually improve the methodology upon which our Greenhouse Gas emissions are based.
In 2014 we introduced an intensity reduction target for direct carbon emissions (scope 1 and 2) of 25% by 2018 with a 2013 baseline. In 2015 we saw a 7.8% reduction in scope 1 and 2 emissions intensity (2014: 1.2% reduction).
ESOS (Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme) 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 in advance of the deadline of 5 December 2015.
Our CDP 2015 submission, Carbon Trust's verification documents and MCR discussion of underlying factors can be found below: