We continuously seek to improve the way we capture, manage and analyse our sustainability performance data, and made significant progress in 2015-16. In particular, the data we gathered in 2016 provides the most comprehensive, accurate view of our performance to date, allowing us to explore our social and environmental impacts in greater depth. For this reason, our 2016 data will become our baseline for comparisons in future reports.
Additionally, we took important steps forward in our approach to measuring energy, expanding our focus from reviewing energy usage to evaluating the energy intensity per product too. Gaining an insight into how much energy is needed to make each product will help us to identify where we have the greatest opportunity to make reductions and develop initiatives to drive improvements.
We have continued to refine the techniques we use to measure water usage and waste, building on the enhancements we made in 2014. Distinguishing between the water we use as a ‘raw material’ for our products and the water used in the manufacturing process remains a challenge. We are stepping up our efforts to find a solution and exploring the optimum way to measure and report our progress on improving waste water treatment.
Importantly, measuring and reporting on sustainability performance is increasingly becoming part of our everyday activities, including through our balanced scorecards. We will build on our measurement efforts in 2017, continuing to improve the way we measure our environmental footprint and further researching how best to measure our social impact.
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