As a leading food service business, we focus on where we can have the biggest positive impact on the global food system and the environment.
Food waste is one of our top priorities across sustainability and we work hard to reduce this across our business. According to the UN, each year, an estimated one-third of all food produced ends up going to waste. In 2020, as COVID-19 spread around the world, we acted quickly to donate significant quantities of surplus food to those in need. Our larger markets collectively donated more than 1,100 tonnes of food, equivalent to over two million meals.
Our food waste strategy focuses on prevention, inspiring to waste less, and recovery to divert surplus food.
We continue to invest in metering technology, such as Winnow, to help our kitchen teams measure, monitor and reduce food waste. We now use the system in over 200 sites in nine countries. In the year ahead, we intend to introduce measurement technology solutions to more of our sites across the globe.
We continued with our annual engagement event, Stop Food Waste Day™.
High profile social media engagements included the World Wildlife Fund, FAO, The Vegan Society, Danielle Nierenberg (Food Tank), Silverstone and Google UK, generating 2,500 tweets in a single day. Despite the pandemic, 12 North American cities and two US states declared 29 April as Stop Food Waste Day.
We work with online food redistribution charities, as well as local charities and community groups, to help our sites donate surplus food.
Due to employee and consumer concerns regarding hygiene and safety, demand for disposables has increased during the pandemic. Despite this, we remain committed to eliminating unnecessary single-use plastics in the long term. Where plastic is still used, we encourage the adoption of plastics that can be easily recycled.
Flexitarianism, or eating fewer animal products, is on the rise, for health, environmental and ethical reasons. According to The Vegan Society, just under half of all UK consumers will be flexitarians by 2025. We are taking action to meet consumer demand for more plant-based meals. We are offering our consumers more plant-based choices and meat alternatives. We are serving more vegan options, and our chefs are creating delicious recipes based around vegetables and legumes all around the world.
We recognise the role we have to play in limiting our impact on the environment. Alongside reducing food waste, and increasing plant-based meals across our business, we are preparing to set a ‘Science BasedTarget’ to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of our operations, in line with the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5 C degrees. For information about our climate change and water reporting and strategy, view our Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)reports.
|Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions||2020||2019||2018|
|UK and Offshore||Global||Global||Global|
|Scope 1 - Emissions from the combustion of fuel or the operation of any facility including fugitive emissions from refrigerants use / tCO2e||5,912||106,047||174,627||129,516|
|Scope 2 - Emissions resulting from the purchase of electricity, heat, steam or cooling (location based) / tCO2e||3,300||39,703||45,875||8,095|
|Total gross emissions / tCO2e||9,212||145,750||220,502||137,611|
|tCO2e per million £ turnover||6.1||7.5||9.1||6.3|
|Energy consumption used to calculate above emissions /kWh||41,968,394
|Energy consumption /kWh per million £ turnover||NA||28,487||NA||NA|
Compass Group's disclosure in accordance with the Companies Act 2006 (Strategic and Directors's reports) Regulations 2013 is stated in the table above.
To calculate our Group emissions, we have used the main requirements of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Standard along with the UK Government GHG Conversion Factors for Company Reporting 2019. This year, we expanded our reporting boundaries to include two additional countries, representing in total 97% of Group revenues, compared to 96% in 2019. The scope and methodology of our reporting changed in 2019, therefore 2018 data is not comparable on a like for like basis.
In the majority of our locations where we are not directly responsible for the procurement of utilities, equipment, fuel etc, we are working closely with our clients to consider how best to improve the environmental performance of our operations.
We use a web based reporting system which provides a ‘one stop shop’ for countries to report progress against their non-financial KPIs, including environmental performance. The benefits to our business of deploying such a system include improving accuracy of data, and the ability to track our progress against targets.
Data verification - As in previous years, we have engaged our environmental partners Eco Act Ltd, to provide limited verification of our 2019-2020 GHG emissions-related data, calculation and greenhouse assertion, using the relevant requirements of the ISO 14064-3:2006 standard. View our GHG verification statement here.