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OUR PERFORMANCE

We are committed to reporting our progress against CSR targets as transparently as possible

  • Our role in avoiding climate change

    Climate change is one of the major threats to our generation and future generations. The role of today’s individuals, organisations and government’s is critical to halting climate change sea level temperature rises which will have a devastating impact on our planet and people across the world. We are committed to being part of the solution and consider our role in two important distinct areas:

    1/ Firstly, we have an important role to play in helping to reduce carbon emissions which come from buildings, in particular as they are used. It is currently estimated that between 35-40% of total UK & Irish greenhouse gas emissions come from Buildings; and

    2/ Secondly, in reducing our own direct and indirect emissions which come from our operational footprint and activities.

  • Moving away from take-make-use-dispose

    The building sector produces one third of solid waste each year, and consumes half of Europe’s natural resources. Moving away from a culture of take-use-dispose is one of the biggest challenges construction faces. And one of the biggest opportunities. To embrace a circular economy in construction action is needed in a number of areas, in particular:

    • Focussing on deconstruction – not demolition
    • Encouraging selective sorting of waste streams
    • Moving away from landfill – including government legislation to make landfilling waste the least attractive option
    • Training and education of contractors and other construction professionals
    • Make much greater use of secondary resources
    • Download our Full CSR Review for more details
  • Being a responsible business in all our operations

    We aim to be a good neighbour and known for being responsible and active in our communities. We want our neighbours to be proud to have our businesses operating near to them – investing in our communities’ growth and prosperity. We do this in a number of different ways:

    • By providing rewarding careers
    • By investing in community groups
    • By supporting local entrepreneurs, schools and colleges and providing specialist training and skills for employment
    • We minimise our operational environmental impact – and if things do go wrong – we put them right in a responsible way
    • We partner with social enterprises investing in skills, training and marginalised communities and groups
    • Read our Community Engagement Policy

2 Commitment: Environmental Impacts

Indicators

  • Environmental management systems
  • Raw materials
  • Waste
  • Water
  • Energy & carbon
  • Environmental Events (EVE 1&2)
  • Biodiversity

Target:

ALL SITES ISO 14001 CERTIFIED

2017
  • Concerned sites
  • 100%
  • Retail sites
  • 73%
2016
  • Concerned sites
  • 100%
  • Retail sites
  • 73%
2015
  • Concerned sites
  • 97.7%
  • Retail sites
  • 67%
2014
  • Concerned sites
  • 96%
  • Retail sites
  • 67%

Target Date:

2020


Status:

On Track

Concerned Sites: Concerned sites are major manufacturing sites with a large environmental impact in terms of energy use or water use. For water it covers sites consuming more than 10,000m3 of water per year and for energy use it covers sites consuming more than 10,000 MWh of electricity per annum, based on 2013 data.

Target:

TO SUPPLY 100% SUSTAINABLE TIMBER

2017
  • Combined Sustainable Timber
  • 99%*
  • Due diligence, legally verified
  • 1%
  • Limited Knowledge
  • 0%
  • Reclaimed/recycled
  • 0%
2016
  • Combined Sustainable Timber
  • 99.3%
  • Due diligence, legally verified
  • 0.8%
  • Limited Knowledge
  • 0%
  • Reclaimed/recycled
  • 0%
2015
  • Combined Sustainable Timber
  • 98%
  • Due diligence, legally verified
  • 1%
  • Limited Knowledge
  • 0%
  • Reclaimed/recycled
  • 0%
2014
  • Combined Sustainable Timber
  • 98%
  • Due diligence, legally verified
  • 2%
  • Limited Knowledge
  • 0%
  • Reclaimed/recycled
  • 0%
2013
  • Combined Sustainable Timber
  • 98%
  • Due diligence, legally verified
  • 2%
  • Limited Knowledge
  • 1%
  • Reclaimed/recycled
  • 0%

Target Date:

2020


Status:

On Track

*Combined Sustinable Timber refers to timber sourced from FSC and PEFC sources.

Target:

TO HAVE ZERO PRODUCTION WASTE TO LANDFILL BY 2020*

2017
  • Total landfill (tonnes)*
  • 8,481
2016
  • Total landfill (tonnes)*
  • 9,319
2015
  • Total landfill (tonnes)*
  • 10,493
2014
  • Total landfill (tonnes)*
  • 11,549
2013
  • Total landfill (tonnes)*
  • 10,801

Target Date:

2020


Status:

Behind

*Scope is Concerned Sites only

Concerned Sites: Concerned sites are major manufacturing sites with a large environmental impact in terms of energy use or water use. For water it covers sites consuming more than 10,000m3 of water per year and for energy use it covers sites consuming more than 10,000 MVh of electricity per annum, based on 2013 data.

Target:

REDUCE WATER USE BY 15% (2010 BASELINE)

2017
  • Total water withdrawn excl mines (m3)
  • 2,328,166
  • Total water discharged (m3)
  • 935,300
2016
  • Total water withdrawn excl mines (m3)
  • 2,197,700
  • Total water discharged (m3)
  • 949,799
2015
  • Total water withdrawn excl mines (m3)
  • 2,119,796
  • Total water discharged (m3)
  • 947,954
2014
  • Total water withdrawn excl mines (m3)
  • 2,092,360
  • Total water discharged (m3)
  • 955,895
2013
  • Total water withdrawn excl mines (m3)
  • 1,927,112
  • Total water discharged (m3)
  • 929,969

Target Date:

2025


Status:

Behind

The water we discharge is all discharged within our existing site permits and licenses.

Water Discharge m3: Unfortunately when we compare the data we see a continued rise in the total volume. This can mainly be attributed to increased production requirements with the main contributors being the Saint-Gobain PAM and British Gypsum Mines.

Concerned sites: Concerned sites are major manufacturing sites with a large environmental impact in terms of energy use or water use. For water it covers sites consuming more than 10,000m3 of water per year and for energy use it covers sites consuming more than 10,000 MVh of electricity per annum, based on 2013 data.

Target:

A TOTAL REDUCTION IN ENERGY USE OF 15% BY 2025 (BASED ON 2010 BASELINE)

2017
  • total
  • 2,468,172
  • Electricity consumption (MWh)
  • 420,042
2016
  • total
  • 2,345,999
  • Electricity consumption (MWh)
  • 418,795
2015
  • total
  • 2,193,979
  • Electricity consumption (MWh)
  • 381,633
2014
  • total
  • 1,940,994
  • Electricity consumption (MWh)
  • 250,112
2013
  • total
  • 1,782,715

Target Date:

2025


Status:

Behind

Total energy- gas and electricity- in MWh.

Note: An important scope change took place in 2016.

Target:

80% LOW CARBON ELECTRICTY SOURCES

2017
  • Conventional grid
  • 5.8%
  • Renewable Electricity
  • 94.2%
2016
  • Conventional grid
  • 7.7%
  • Renewable Electricity
  • 92.3%
2015
  • Conventional grid
  • 35%
  • Renewable Electricity
  • 65%
2014
  • Conventional grid
  • 56%
  • Renewable Electricity
  • 44%
2013
  • Conventional grid
  • 63%
  • Renewable Electricity
  • 37%

Target Date:

2030


Status:

Ahead of target

Target:

TO REDUCE OUR CO2 EMISSIONS BY 20% BY 2025 (2010 BASELINE)

2017
  • Scope 1 direct
  • emissions from concerned sites and SGBD sites (tonnes)
  • Scope 2 indirect
  • purchased electricity (tonnes)
  • - Location-based (tonnes CO2)
  • 149, 186
  • - Market-based (tonnes CO2)
  • 10,137
  • Scope 1 direct
  • SGBD car and commercial fleet (tonnes)
2016
  • Scope 1 direct
  • emissions from concerned sites and SGBD sites (tonnes)
  • Scope 2 indirect
  • purchased electricity (tonnes)
  • - Location-based (tonnes CO2)
  • 172,835
  • - Market-based (tonnes CO2)
  • 13,560
  • Scope 3 direct
  • SGBD car and commercial fleet (tonnes)
2015
  • Scope 1 direct
  • emissions from concerned sites and SGBD sites (tonnes CO2)
  • Scope 2 indirect
  • purchased electricity (tonnes)
  • - Location-based (tonnes CO2)
  • 180,330
  • - Market-based (tonnes CO2)
  • N/A
  • Scope 3 direct
  • SGBD car and commercial fleet (tonnes)
2014
  • Scope 1 direct
  • emissions from concerned sites and SGBD sites (tonnes)
  • Scope 2 indirect
  • purchased electricity (tonnes)
  • - Location-based (tonnes CO2)
  • 135,310
  • - Market-based (tonnes CO2)
  • N/A
  • Scope 3 direct
  • SGBD car and commercial fleet (tonnes)
2013
  • Scope 1 direct
  • emissions from concerned sites and SGBD sites (tonnes)
  • Scope 2 indirect
  • purchased electricity (tonnes)
  • - Location-based (tonnes CO2)
  • N/A
  • - Market-based (tonnes CO2)
  • N/A
  • Scope 3 direct
  • SGBD car and commercial fleet (tonnes)

Target Date:

2025


Status:

Behind

Target:

PROPORTION OF ENERGY COVERED BY ISO50001 CERTIFICATIONS

2017
  • total
  • 82.4%
2016
  • total
  • 78.76%

Target Date:

N/A


Status:

N/A

Total Energy Use: There has been a change of scope for total consumption with data now being based on GAIA (internal Saint-Gobain system) data. This changed the SGBD UK scope and accounts for approx 20,000 MWh additional gas consumption.

Location Based Emissions: The Location based emissions redefined by the Carbon Disclosure Project. These are the emissions had we purchased electricity directly from the grid.

Market Based Emissions: The Market based emissions are defined by the Carbon Disclosure Project. These are the actual emissions from the generators from who we purchase electricity in the period. This figures represents our actual Scope 2 indirect purchased electricity emissions.

 

Target:

ZERO EVE 1

2017
  • total
  • 0
2016
  • total
  • 2
2015
  • total
  • 0
2014
  • total
  • 0

Target Date:

2020


Status:

On Track

Target:

ZERO EVE 2

2017
  • total
  • 48
2016
  • total
  • 61
2015
  • total
  • 58
2014
  • total
  • 64

Target Date:

2025


Status:

Behind

Target:

T2E (YTD)

2017
  • total
  • 68.57*
2016
  • total
  • 95.7*

*TSE Indicator: Saint-Gobain Group now use the T2E measure for reporting Environmental Events.
This is the number of major and significant events per 100 sites and is reported as a rolling 12 month figure.
The T2E measure is for the whole of the UK and Ireland.

Target:

ASSESSMENT OF SPECIES WITHIN 5 MILES OF OUR CONCERNED SITES (100%)

2017
  • total
  • 34%
2016
  • total
  • 34%
2015
  • total
  • 34%

Target Date:

2020


Status:

Behind

% of concerned sites

Concerned Sites: Concerned sites are major manufacturing sites with a large environmental impact in terms of energy use or water use. For water it covers sites consuming more than 10,000m3 of water per year and for energy use it covers sites consuming more than 10,000 MWh of electricity per annum, based on 2013 data.

Target:

ACTION PLANS IN PLACE FOR CONCERNED SITES (100%)

2016
  • total
  • 34%
2015
  • total
  • 34%
2017
  • total
  • 34%

Target Date:

2020


Status:

Behind

% age of concerned sites

Concerned Sites: Concerned sites are major manufacturing sites with a large environmental impact in terms of energy use or water use. For water it covers sites consuming more than 10,000m3 of water per year and for energy use it covers sites consuming more than 10,000 MWh of electricity per annum, based on 2013 data.

Supporting Content

  • The Saint-Gobain Group Presentation 2019 [PPT]

    A 2019 PowerPoint overview of the Saint-Gobain Group & UK & Ireland business [PPT Format]

    PowerPoint Presentations
  • Payment Practices and Performance Report

    Reporting on Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland's Payment Practices and Performance Report (July 2018 - December 2018).

    Corporate Literature
  • Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland: CSR Review 2018

    Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland, Corporate Social Responsibility Review for 2018 - reviewing performance in 2017 and 2018.

    CSR
  • EHS Roadmap 2025

    Download our EHS 2025 roadmap, setting out our blueprint for success.

    CSR
  • SAINT-GOBAIN'S WWF TIMBER STATEMENT 2017

    Saint-Gobain Building Distribution Uk & Ireland's 2017 Timber Report as part of our membership of the WWF's Global Forest Trade Network Programme.

    CSR
  • SAINT-GOBAIN'S WWF TIMBER STATEMENT 2016

    Read Saint-Gobain Building Distribution UK & Ireland's latest WWF Global Forest Trade Network report, detailing our performance with regards to timber sourcing.

    CSR
  • SAINT-GOBAIN'S WWF TIMBER STATEMENT 2015

    Saint-Gobain's 2015 statement on forest products as a member of the WWF's Global Forest Trade Network.

    CSR
  • SAINT-GOBAIN UK & IRELAND CSR REVIEW 2014 & 2015

    Full CSR Review for the period 2014 and 2015.

    CSR
  • CSR REVIEW: SAINT-GOBAIN PAM 2016

    Full CSR Review for 2016 from Saint-Gobain brand, Saint-Gobain PAM.

    CSR
  • CSR REVIEW - BRITISH GYPSUM 2015

    Ful CSR Review for 2015 from Saint-Gobain brand, British Gypsum.

    CSR
  • CSR REVIEW: JEWSON 2014

    Full CSR Review 2014 from Saint-Gobain brand, Jewson.

    CSR
  • WORLD GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL - HEALTH, WELLBEING & PRODUCTIVITY IN OFFICES

    Key findings

    Industry Reports
  • Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland: CSR Review 2016/17

    CSR Review for Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland covering the period 2016/17.

    CSR