Our approach to environmental sustainability is to drive efficiencies in terms of resource conservation, cost reduction and optimal waste management. The group's sustainability management system collates, processes, tracks and communicates data from over 1 200 business sites globally. This covers all operational sites that are owned, partially owned and leased by Imperial. The system allows for effective reporting and assists with the sharing of climate change issues and initiatives between divisions.
Ongoing improvement in data collection, is enabling individual businesses to set environmental targets. While savings achieved at an individual company level may be small, across the group they add up to a meaningful reduction in environmental footprint. There is still significant scope for improvement in our environmental performance and this will continue to be a focus going forward.
Fuel is an increasingly decisive factor in determining logistics costs for clients, therefore finding ways to reduce consumption can provide a competitive advantage. Fuel efficiency measures implemented include route planning, the use of the highest Euro-rated vehicles available, vehicle management systems that measure mileage, operational status and consumption, as well as ongoing driver training. During the year, Logistics South Africa successfully piloted the use of emissions-reducing cryo-fridge trailers which are powered by liquid nitrogen.
In the Vehicles division the focus is on water required to wash vehicles. The use of rain water harvesting tanks, wastewater recycling facilities at wash bays and a virtually waterless car washing system at four car rental facilities, conserve the water drawn from municipal sources.
Given that our strategy is focused on expansion, our absolute emissions are expected to increase over the next five years. However, due to our environmental initiatives, we predict that our emissions intensity rates will decrease over the medium term.
See detailed information in our Sustainable Development Report 2017.