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Performance

Performance Summary

    2012 2011 % change
Energy consumption thousands GJ 4,726 4,749
Total global warming potential thousand tonnes CO2 equivalent 417 415
Total acid gas emissions tonnes SO2 equivalent 444 318 +40
Total VOC emissions tonnes 189.8 185.7 +2
Total waste tonnes 120,363 113,671 +6
Total waste to landfill tonnes 10,708 6,165 +74
Water consumption thousands m3 2,201 2,076 +6

Johnson Matthey has an impact on the environment in many ways: through the resources we use, the way we operate our processes and the action of our products and services on enhancing the environment for others.

A major part of our business involves applying our scientific knowledge and expertise to turn natural resources into more valuable products for our customers. Natural resource costs are likely to increase in future as they are depleted or become harder to access. Our Sustainability 2017 and Manufacturing Excellence programmes both focus on increasing the efficiency with which we use these valuable resources and will generate cost savings for our business today and help to conserve resources for the future.

In addition, as leading recyclers and refiners of precious metals, we draw on our expertise in this area to enhance the resource efficiency of our own operations and provide improved solutions and services for our customers.

Many of the group’s products have a positive impact on the environment including emission control catalysts for vehicles, process catalysts that improve resource efficiency and abatement systems which mitigate the production of greenhouse gases. A significant proportion of our R&D efforts are directed towards developing the next generation of environmentally beneficial products.

Targets to improve environmental performance are a key part of our Sustainability 2017 Vision. The group aims to cut its carbon intensity by half, achieve zero waste to landfill and halve the key resources per unit of output consumed by 2017. In order to meet these aspirations, long term environmental improvement plans and performance indicators have been established.

Managing Performance and Driving Continuous Improvement

The group has robust policies, systems and processes in place to manage its environmental performance and to drive continuous improvement.

ISO 14001

When launched in December 2007, the group’s Sustainability 2017 Vision included a target to achieve ISO 14001 certification at all major manufacturing sites and by the end of 2010/11 all but one of our sites had achieved certification. This year, the final site has achieved its certification and, as detailed previously in the Our Strategy section, this target has now been removed from the Sustainability 2017 Vision. We still believe that ISO 14001 is an important standard that should be maintained by our sites and achieved by new or acquired facilities within two years of beneficial operation or acquisition. As a result, this requirement has now been included in our environment, health and safety (EHS) management system.

Our emission control catalysts have a beneficial impact on the environment by improving air quality for millions of people around the world.

Johnson Matthey’s nitrous oxide abatement systems have contributed to reductions equivalent to over 35 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from nitric acid manufacturing plants.

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