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Safeguarding the environment

Managing the environmental impacts associated with our business is integral to the way we operate. As an energy company, the most significant contributions we can make are helping to reduce carbon emissions and minimising environmental impacts from our activities.

Latest Update | 29 August 2014

First national smart meter challenge

British Gas is leading the way in bringing smart technology to homes, having already installed one million smart meters in homes across Britain. To understand the experience of households newly equipped with smart meters and smart energy monitors, we have launched the first national Smart Meter Challenge.

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Matt Eastland

Matt Eastland
Group Corporate Responsibility Manager

22 August 2014

Working across industry to cut offshore wind costs

Matt tells us about the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, an industry group that’s been set up with a unique remit to improve performance in operating and maintaining offshore wind farms to help us to meet our commitment to securing future energy supplies that are both affordable and sustainable for our customers.

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Matt Eastland

Matt Eastland
Group Corporate Responsibility Manager

29 July 2014

Securing energy our customers need

The energy commitments we have made over the last three years are equivalent to the annual gas demand of almost a third of Britain's households. This blog covers the important topic of energy security and the role we are playing in securing energy our customers need.

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Matt Eastland

Matt Eastland
Group Corporate Responsibility Manager

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Overview

Climate change is one of the single biggest global challenges. We recognise the impact that energy can have on the climate and we remain committed to reducing carbon emissions. It is also important to balance the challenges of tackling climate change with other core priorities, specifically to ensure secure, yet affordable, supplies of gas and power for all our customers. This is what we call 'the energy trilemma'.

We are helping our customers use energy more efficiently to reduce their energy costs and carbon emissions, while sourcing the gas supplies needed to heat their homes affordably and reducing the carbon intensity of power generation.

Our approach to safeguarding the environment is to:

We remain committed to addressing the challenge of climate change and to contributing to government greenhouse gas emission reduction targets that have been set at European and UK level. But we cannot do this alone. Consumers must be willing to change how they think about energy - the way they obtain it and the way they use it. Governments also have a critical role to play by providing the right regulatory frameworks to make investment in lower carbon power generation economically viable.

Extensive engagement with these and other stakeholders is necessary to develop the momentum for change. See our Stakeholder engagement summary PDF (0.07Mb) for more information on how we work with others in this area.

Environmental management

Our global environmental management systems provide a common approach across Centrica businesses to monitor, manage and reduce environmental impacts and comply with our environmental policy in all our activities. The systems cover a wide range of impacts including: emissions from energy production and use, travel and the use of company vehicles; waste; and the impact of our operations on biodiversity.

An important role of our environmental management systems is to ensure compliance with our policies and local and national regulations. Our incident reporting system, 'myHSE', enables us to capture more accurate data on environmental incidents so we investigate and understand all incidents, no matter how minor. This helps to improve reporting, prevent recurrence of similar incidents and share lessons learned across the Group.

Our people play a critical role in helping us reduce our environmental impacts, and their behaviour often determines whether we will succeed in meeting our targets. Our Group-wide health, safety and environmental (HSE) programme aims to encourage behaviour change through tailored environmental awareness plans for each part of the business.

See our data centre for the complete range of our environmental metrics.

2013 Performance Review

Read a strategic update on our carbon and climate change activities in the 2013 CR Performance Review.

Data

Find 2013 data for our carbon and climate change performance indicators in our interactive data centre.

Carbon and climate change

2011 performance review

Read a strategic update on our low carbon activities in the 2011 CR Performance Review.

Data

Find 2011 progress against our carbon and climate change performance indicators in our interactive data centre.

Updates

We aim to publish updates on our carbon and climate change activities on this page throughout the year.