Our technologies continue to help our customers respond to a variety of global environmental challenges, including climate change, resource scarcity and urbanisation. In our day-to-day business operations, we remain committed to minimising the environmental impact of our business operations and continuously improving our energy efficiency.
The recent European Union Energy Efficiency Directive (‘EED’) included a requirement for UK businesses to undertake independent energy surveys in its major European operations. This initiative supports what IMI has been doing voluntarily for a number of years and provides a useful addition to our internal projects. The surveys were carried out at representative sites from each of our divisions across several European countries and were coordinated centrally to maximise efficiency.
We have reviewed all of the recommendations from the individual site surveys and in 2016 will roll out a programme of improvements to leverage the benefits across all relevant IMI sites. Due to the surveys being carried out at a variety of sites in several countries, they will provide a good cross section of opportunities.
Our 2015 gross CO2e emissions have reduced by 2% to 61,250 tonnes compared with the previous year (2014: 62,500 tonnes). There has been a slight deterioration in our normalised total CO2e intensity metric from 37.4 tonnes per £million sales in 2014 to 39.5 in 2015.
In 2013 we targeted to reduce our emissions by 7.5% over a three year period, from the baseline set in 2012, both in terms of gross emissions and emissions intensity. In 2015 we achieved this ambitious target. Overall, we have reduced both gross CO2e emissions and normalised CO2e emissions intensity by 13.7% and 13.8% respectively.
Our target for 2016 is to embed these efficiency gains and make our 2015 emissions the minimum baseline performance. In addition, we will look to make continuous improvements in all of our businesses as we implement the improvements identified in our EED energy audits and share those learnings across our non-European sites.
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