We are mindful of the effects of our business on our environment and continue to support energy efficiency throughout our business activities. As an internet- based Group with most staff employed in two office locations, we believe our own environmental footprint is small. We encourage our employees to take steps to address our environmental responsibilities. For instance we operate recycling schemes which were established with local authorities and recycling partners. There are no waste bins at desks in our offices which encourages the amount of recycling we do.
Both offices are graded highly by the BREEAM standard, specifically the Kings Cross office is rated ‘Outstanding’ and the Manchester office is rated ‘Excellent’. The Kings Cross office is linked to the site-wide district heating network. This network will provide close to 100% of the development’s heating and hot water needs. The building has been designed to maximise the environmental benefits of its location. Orientation, solar shading, the use of thermal mass for cooling and passive ventilation systems all contribute to energy efficiency.
We use Fruitful Office to deliver fruit to both offices each week. For every fruit basket our employees receive, the Fruitful Office plants a fruit tree in Mala to help mitigate the effect of global warming, deforestation and providing an income to support the local communities. This year, the scheme has plante 1,297 trees on Auto Trader’s behalf.
Greenhouse gas emissions statement
Auto Trader is required to measure and report its direct and indirect greenhouse gas (‘GHG’) emissions by the Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors’ Report) Regulations 2013.
The greenhouse gas reporting period is aligned to the financial reporting year. The methodology used to calculate our emissions is based on the financial consolidation approach, as defined in the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, A Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard (Revised Edition) 2004. Emission factors used are from UK government (‘DEFRA’) conversion factor guidance current for the year reported.
The report includes the ‘Scope 1’ (combustion of fuel) and ‘Scope 2’ (purchasedelectricity and gas) emissions associated with our offices. We have chosen to present a revenue intensity ratio as this is a relevant indicator of our growth and is aligned with our business strategy. The reduction in tCO is due to the centralisation of our offices part way through 2015.
Absolute carbon emissions (tCO2) have reduced by 49% from 793 in 2015 to 445 in 2016.