Environment & Sustainability

Energy Management

At Uniphar, we understand that our activities can have a lasting impact and we believe in protecting our environment for the benefit of future generations. We are committed to achieving our Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of Responsible Consumption and Climate Action.

Our efforts have to date centred around data collection and understanding our energy usage with a view to identifying the areas where we can achieve the greatest reductions in energy usage.

Our Citywest facility, our largest facility, has energy monitoring software providing a granular view of electricity  throughout the facility. This software has enabled us to identify areas of inefficient electricity usage e.g. lights and electrical powered systems remaining on in non-operational hours. Using this information we are able to develop systems to reduce energy consumption.

 

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

In early 2021, we carried out a Group-wide carbon foot-printing exercise to assess our Scope 1 & 2 carbon emissions across the entire Group. The outcome of that assessment was used to complete the Group’s first full CDP submission in July 2021 and we are proud to have received a CDP “C” rating in respect of that submission.

In early 2022, we completed our carbon foot-printing exercise for 2021 in respect of Scope 1 & 2 emissions. The results of this exercise are set out below (excluding entities acquired during 2021 and adjusting all results to include entities acquired during 2020 for the first time). Following a 22.5% reduction in Scope 1 & 2 emissions from 2019 to 2020, 2021 saw a further reduction of Scope 1 & 2 emissions of just over 4% on an absolute basis representing a 26.5% overall reduction in absolute carbon Scope 1 & 2 emissions over the past two years. The Group’s carbon intensity measurement has also reduced by 10% during the year.

Throughout the year we continued our engagement with external environmental consultants who assisted us in commencing our assessment of our Scope 3 emissions with a view to setting meaningful carbon emissions targets for the future.

In December 2021, we formally committed through the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi) to setting a science based target before the end of 2023 and we hope to be in a position to achieve this well ahead of the deadline. While we work on gathering all data to enable us to set our science based targets, we have set an internal target to reduce our absolute Scope 1 & 2 emissions by 5% per annum between 2019 and 2030 in line with the SBTi 1.5°C aligned pathway for targets which would see us achieve our climate ambition of at least 50% reduction in our absolute Scope 1 & 2 emissions by 2030.

2021 also saw increased discussion around environmental matters and emissions at the Board table. Regular reports from the Sustainability Council to Board, as well as a focus on climate related risks when reviewing our Risk Register represent the dawn of a new era on how we integrate these matters into our business. The Group is currently assessing to what extent the Group’s activities are aligned to the EU Taxonomy Regulations and are preparing to report in line with the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD). Our CDP response is broadly aligned to the Taskforce for Climate related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and we have set out below an indication of where the disclosure recommendations of TCFD can be found in our Annual Report.

Taskforce for Climate related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)

Link to Annual Report Section

Governance

Disclose the organisation’s governance around climate- related risks and opportunities.

a) Describe the board’s oversight of climate- related risks and opportunities.

CEO Sustainability Statement 33

b) Describe management’s role in assessing and managing climate-related risks and opportunities.

Risk Management Report Page 24 to 31

Strategy

Disclose the actual and potential impacts of climate- related risks and opportunities on the organisation’s

businesses, strategy, and financial planning where

such information is material.

a) Describe the climate-related risks and opportunities the organisation has identified over the short, medium, and long term.

Risk Management Report Page 24 to 31

b) Describe the impact of climate-related risks and opportunities on the organisation’s businesses, strategy, and financial planning.

Risk Management Report Page 24 to 31

Business Model Page 18 and 19

c) Describe the resilience of the organisation’s strategy, taking into consideration different climate-related scenarios, including a 2°C or lower scenario.

Not yet identified

Risk Management

Disclose how the organisation

identifies, assesses, and manages climate-related risks.

a) Describe the organisation’s processes for identifying and assessing climate-related risks.

Risk Management Report Page 24 to 31

b) Describe the organisation’s processes for managing climate-related risks.

Risk Management Report Page 24 to 31

c) Describe how processes for identifying, assessing, and managing climate-related risks are integrated into the organisation’s overall risk management.

Risk Management Report Page 24 to 31

Metrics & Targets

Disclose the metrics and targets used to assess and manage relevant climate- related risks and opportunities where such information

is material.

a) Disclose the metrics used by the organisation to assess climate-related risks and opportunities in line with its strategy and risk management process.

Environment & Sustainability Report Page 41 to 43

b) Disclose Scope 1, Scope 2, and, if appropriate, Scope 3 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and the related risks.

Environment & Sustainability Report Page 41 to 43

c) Describe the targets used by the organisation to manage climate-related risks and opportunities and performance against targets.

Environment & Sustainability Report Page 41 to 43

 

Waste and Hazardous Waste Management

Across all our sites we are continuously exploring ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. We have been a member of Repak since 1999 and we make considerable efforts across the business to reduce plastic waste. As part of our overall Scope 3 emissions assessment, the Group collated data from all locations across the business in relation to waste. In 2021, 84% of the Group’s waste (approximately 870 tonnes of waste) were diverted from landfill.

Relevant parts of our business are compliant with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE).

 

Pollution Prevention

The Group recognises the importance of protecting the environment around us and ensuring that our operations do not emit pollution into our surrounding environment. During 2021, there were no reportable instances of pollution across the Group.

 

Sustainable Transport

We are conscious that a significant portion of our carbon footprint arises through outsourced activities such as logistics and through our supply chain and we are committed to working with our supply chain partners in this area. As part of our commitment to set a Science Based Target we are in the process of identifying our material suppliers with a view to engaging with them on setting their own emissions targets. We are also in the process of implementing our Supplier Code of Conduct and Responsible Sourcing Guidelines for the Group which we aim to roll out during 2022.