Ripponden-headquartered servicing specialist JLA has evaluated its environmental performance as it works towards achieving net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Analysing its energy and carbon emissions via Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) legislation, JLA detailed in its latest annual report for the year ending 31 October 2021 that gross greenhouse gas emissions associated with its combined business operations during this period were 3,121 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (teCO2e). This shows a 15% reduction against its initial reporting year of 2020, when the total was 3,676 tonnes.
However, Daniel Tanase, principal at JLA parent company Cinven, acknowledged: “Though this is the second year of SECR, a performance indicator is still difficult to quantify. This is due to being in the second year of a global pandemic marred by multiple lockdowns, a constantly shifting landscape with work and intercompany business transactions adversely affected due to nationwide restrictions.”
93% of the amount was due to transportation attributable to JLA’s fleet of HGVs, vans, company cars, pool/hire cars and grey fleet (personal vehicles used for business purposes). Of this, 2,674 tonnes (2020: 2,819) were emitted by its in-house fleet of vehicles and 233 tonnes (2020: 705) by its grey fleet.
Therefore Tanase detailed: “Our future carbon reduction strategy should be transport focused.”
The carbon emissions from JLA’s buildings were 250 tonnes. The firm is aiming to establish performance benchmarks for total energy efficiency within its buildings, having analysed the performance of its head office as being 184kWh/metre2 with an associated carbon intensity (how many CO2 emissions are produced per kilowatt hour of electricity consumed) of 0.04 teCO2/metre2. If this is indicative of our other building stock it would suggest our offices can be rated as performing at good practice for energy efficiency compared to industry benchmarks for standard air conditioned offices.
JLA has engaged with Ray Energy to develop a roadmap to achieve net zero GHG emissions ahead of the government’s 2050 legally binding deadline.
In the prior year it complied with phase 2 of the government’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) requiring the firm to verify 100% of its energy usage baseline and identify energy saving opportunities across its estate and business operations.
Therefore the servicing specialist carried out the following measures in the reported period: replaced its head office single glazed windows with double glazing; removed boilers and replaced them with a new air conditioning system; changed its main office and outside lighting to LED lighting; and fitted speed limiters to all company vans and intensified its driver training programme.
JLA is currently in the process of implementing the further recommendations given in the ESOS phase 2 report, comprising: fitting lighting presence sensors and changing to LED technology in its warehouses; continuing to invest in hybrid and all electric vehicles; setting up a carbon offsetting program to offset part or all of its remaining carbon footprint; and looking at the feasibility of moving all of its sites over to green gas and electric.
Tanase concluded: “The output of planned further workshops in this area will include development of a roadmap to achieving net zero emissions for our organisation through identification and evaluation of options to achieve carbon reduction pathways across all core areas of our business activities.
“Emission reductions would be achieved through optimising energy efficiency and de-carbonising our energy supply whilst considering recovery of energy from waste material and exploiting potential for low carbon decentralised energy generation and storage.
“The strategy would also minimise or eliminate any ongoing operational cost to offset residual GHG emissions which cannot be eliminated or decarbonised and will seek to future-proof our business for a zero carbon economy through adaptation of machine learning and AI systems to support process optimisation, asset management and energy focused maintenance across our assets.”