We know that reducing carbon emissions is critical in the effort to combat climate change, and we are setting ambitious targets for ourselves in this area. We have already made good progress, reducing our carbon emissions by 20% since 2010, but we now want to go even further.
Our target is to reduce our carbon emissions by 30% by 2030 from a baseline year of 2020.
We are aiming to reduce our carbon emissions by 30% by 2030.
Figure 1 shows the total reported scope 1 and scope 2 carbon emissions (emissions associated with energy consumption and fuels used on site and for business travel) for our UK and Ireland operations.
Figure 2 shows the total reported scope 1 and scope 2 carbon emissions for our UK operations and monitors progress against our 2030 target.
Both charts depict our market-based emissions. The below figures show our full year emissions in tonnes CO2e based on a location-based factor (the UK National Grid average carbon intensity) rather than a market-based factor (the carbon intensity for the certified zero-carbon renewable power that we use):
UK operations (location-based)
Ireland operation (location-based)
The chart shows the total reported scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions for our UK and Ireland operations in tonnes CO2e. The chart shows that total emissions for FY21, FY22 and FY23 were below emissions for FY20.
The chart shows the total reported scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions for our UK operations in tonnes CO2e. There is a trendline from FY20 to FY30, showing that a reduction of 16,524 tonnes CO2e is required to reach our FY30 target. The chart shows that total emissions for FY21 and FY22 exceeded the average reduction required per year.
We believe it is important to review the bigger picture in terms of carbon emissions, so that we can understand where to target our efforts to make the greatest impact.
Figure 3 shows the total reported scope 1 and scope 2 carbon emissions for our UK and Ireland operations in FY23.
The chart shows the scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by source for our UK and Ireland operations. It shows that the largest source of carbon emissions is natural gas. A smaller amount comes from electricity generated by a combined heat and power (CHP) unit powered by biogas produced through anaerobic digestion – REGO certificates have not been claimed for this in FY20, FY21, FY22, or FY23. Smaller amounts come from our use of petrol and diesel, refrigerant gases and biomass and biogas heat.
It is important that we consider our carbon emissions in the context of our business to understand the impact our operational activity levels have. To do this, we measure carbon emissions per sleeper night (the number of guests visiting our villages each year).
Figure 4 shows reported scope 1 and scope 2 carbon emissions per sleeper night for our UK and Ireland operations.
The chart shows carbon emissions by sleeper night in kilograms of CO2e for our UK and Ireland operations. It shows a steady and sustained decrease from FY11 to FY19. In FY20, there is a small increase (due to the impact of the pandemic). In FY21 it sharply increases to almost three times the total for FY20 (attributed to reduced occupancy during the pandemic), before dropping back down to the same level as FY19 in FY22. FY23 shows a further drop to 5.89 kg CO2e per sleeper night.