It is well established that negative impacts on the natural environment often bring associated health and social implications for people. Therefore it is important that we manage and minimise our negative impact on the environment for the benefit of wider society. In line with our strategy we must operate as efficiently as possible.
We have issued an environmental policy and our performance against this standard is currently being audited. Each of our manufacturing sites has an Environment, Health and Safety Manager and our two UK facilities are certified as being in compliance with ISO14001, the international environmental management standard.
2016 is the first year we have reported our performance externally. In 2016, we have collated data in relation to our direct and indirect energy consumption, and Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions, only in relation to our manufacturing operations (table below). We intend to expand the scope of our reporting to include other locations, and environmental aspects, during the course of 2017.
We are working on the entire life cycle environmental impacts of our products. This includes our compliance with European Union regulations relating to chemical substances in our products, as well as considering any emerging public and scientific concerns. Our product development processes include assessment of the safety of the new materials compositions, and their sourcing and manufacturing routes, along with data on any potential environmental impact.
In 2014, although not required by regulation, we announced a target to replace the plasticiser DEHP (used to soften PVC-based plastics) in certain products, with DEHT, which is free of health concerns. Certain CCC brands are now available DEHP-free and, from 2017, less than 2% of our product portfolio (by turnover) will contain DEHP.
We aim to enhance these processes further to assess and characterise the broader environmental sustainability of materials used in product manufacture.
Our new Supplier Code of Conduct contains reference to environmental protection and we will be developing our supplier assessment process further during the course of 2017.