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Carbon emissions

Carbon emissions Imperial recognises the effect that global warming can have on the environment, the world’s population and the company’s business. It is committed to reducing carbon emissions from automobiles, ships, aircraft and the use of coal-powered electricity.

Management and measurement

This year marked the fifth time that the group has measured and reported on its carbon footprint. While fuel and electricity consumption data is collected internally on a monthly basis via our non-financial performance reporting system, we also engaged a globally recognised environmental consultancy to assist us in carrying out the carbon footprint measurement, using a customised calculation tool based on the World Business Council on Sustainable Development’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting protocol.

Data collected internally was verified at company and divisional level and consolidated into a group-wide GHG data matrix. Certain businesses within the car rental division also obtained third-party assurance of their carbon footprint.

We measured Scope I and Scope II emissions, and calculated tons of carbon output per head and tons of carbon output per million rand turnover.

Tonnes CO2 per division (%)
Tonnes Co2 per division (%)

Carbon footprint

For the 12 months to 30 June 2012:

Division Scope 1 emissions
[t GHG (metric)]
  Scope 2 emissions
[t GHG (metric)]
  Total Scope 1 and 2
CO2 emissions
Logistics Southern Africa 639 016   56 673   695 688
Logistics International 150 559   7 219   157 778
Car Rental and Tourism 21 641   8 904   30 545
Distributorships 61 720   41 835   103 555
Automotive Retail 47 261   32 937   80 198
Financial Services 1 966   2 223   4 189
Other 288   394   682
Total 922 450   150 186   1 072 636

CO2 reduction initiatives

As electricity and fuel consumption contribute most significantly to our carbon footprint, the initiatives detailed above to efficiently manage electricity and fuel usage contribute to the reduction of our carbon footprint.

Looking forward

We are in the process of developing divisional and group CO2 reduction targets, based on tonnes of carbon output per head and tonnes of carbon output per million rand turnover. These targets will be individually defined by each division.


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