We endeavour to minimise our environmental impact wherever possible and have established procedures to reduce our environmental footprint including powering off lights, computers and other equipment during evenings and weekends, recycling office waste, and rationalising business travel through a set of clear guidelines and approvals which we rigorously adhere to.

In the year to 31 March 2014 our measured Scope 1 and 2 emissions were 580 tonnes CO2e. This comprised:

Scope Emissions source CO2e emissions (tonnes) for year to 31 March 2014
1 Combustion of fuel and operation of our facilities 200.89
2 Electricity, heat, and cooling purchased for our own use 379.40
  Total 580.29

This equates to 2.09 tonnes CO2e per employee for the year to 31 March 2014, based on an average number of employees during the year of 277.

We have reported on all of the emission sources required under the Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors’ Reports) Regulations 2013. These sources fall within our consolidated financial statements. 

We have used the World Resources Institute and World Business Council for Sustainable Development Greenhouse Gas Protocol as our methodology, combined with the UK Government conversion factors for company reporting to calculate our carbon footprint. It is not practical for us to obtain data relating to electricity consumption in our Singapore office or refrigerant losses for this period as the relevant data is not within our control.

3i employees attach importance to working for a company which acts responsibly on environmental matters. Since the beginning of 2013, our Palace Street office has taken part in a sustainability project in conjunction with our landlords, Land Securities, and Planet First, an organisation which supports businesses in improving their sustainability performance. The programme has a different focus each month, covering the environmental impacts of how we source our food, consume water and energy in our buildings and use transport.