Carbon Footprint

We recognise the impact that our business activities can have on the environment. G4S’ total carbon footprint during 2019 equates to 422,461 t/CO2e.

Through operational year-on-year growth, we anticipate our direct carbon emissions to grow proportionately in line with revenue and have therefore established a G4S average carbon intensity of 50.4 tonnes of CO2e per £1m of revenue at 2019 exchange rates.

GHG Emissions Chart

  2019  2018  2017  2016
t/CO2e GHG emissions per £m revenue  50.4 54.7 56.6 56.4
 Totgal GHG emissions t/CO2e 422,461 444,556 470,727 479,191
 Scope 1 t/CO2e 246,910 263,703 260,688 253,350
 Scope 2 t/CO2e 95,502 98,948 112,003 115,927
 Scope 3 t/CO2e (Air Travel) 15,338 14,354 15,446 15045

Our Emissions

Alongside the risks faced by people and infrastructure from climate change are the challenges presented by global economic conditions. Managing fuel costs and the impact of “carbon taxes”
through programmes to improve the Group’s energy efficiency and reduce its environmental impacts are important to the continued effectiveness and sustainability of the Group’s business.

We follow WBCSD* and WRI** Greenhouse Gas Protocol to measure our Scope 1 and 2 emissions – vehicle fleet, fuel, refrigerants and electricity usage for G4S businesses over which the Group has financial and operational control. In addition the Group has measured Scope 3 emissions from employee business air travel.

The businesses that reported data in the 2019 GHG measurement represent 90% of the Group’s operations, across a 12 month period. This level of measurement, including each of the Group’s main service types, allows reliable calculation of the total GHG emissions for 100% of the Group.

The G4S total carbon footprint during 2019, extrapolated to 100% of the business equates to some 422,461 t/CO2e. These emissions, generated by services which our customers have outsourced to G4S, have decreased by 5.0% since 2018. Alongside our energy and fuel efficiency measures, during this period, a number of higher intensity operations were divested or drew to a close, contributing to the decrease in emissions during the year.

In 2020, we will continue to implement efficiency strategies with the aim of reducing carbon intensity by at least 3.5% per annum.