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.
As a digital business, based between two offices in Manchester and London, we believe our environmental footprint is small. We actively encourage our employees to consider our environmental impact. We operate recycling systems in the offices, established with local authorities and recycling schemes, and we have no waste bins by desks which encourages the amount of recycling we do.
The offices themselves are both graded highly by the BREEAM standard, Kings Cross in London achieved an ‘Outstanding’ rating and our Manchester office an ‘Excellent’ one.
We continue to use Fruitful Offices to deliver fruit to both offices each week. The Fruitful Office plants one tree in Malawi for every basket of fruit we receive. Last year 1,742 trees were planted on behalf of Auto Trader, helping the organisation to mitigate the effects of global warming, deforestation and providing an income to local communities.
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). Emission factors used are from UK government (‘BEIS’) conversion factor guidance current for the year reported.
The report includes the ‘Scope 1’ (combustion of fuel) in relation to company cars and ‘Scope 2’ (purchased electricity and gas) emissions associated with our offices. Although our company cars are leased under operating leases, we have chosen to include the related emissions in Scope1, as we are responsible for these emissions. 2016 figures have been restated to include the emissions from company cars.
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.
Total carbon emissions (tCO2e) have reduced by 17% from 1010 in 2016 to 928 in 2017.