Savings from biofuel

We aim to maximise the carbon savings from the biofuels we use, so the carbon footprint of our fuels is as low as possible.

In our 37 week period ended 31 December 2017:

Emissions from our biofuel raw material sourcing and manufacturing operations were 18% higher than the same period last year as we expanded our biofuel sourcing and manufacturing operations.

However, emissions per tonne of biodiesel produced reduced by 5% compared with the same period last year as a result of production efficiencies.

Emissions from fuels and infrastructure

The main sources of emissions in our business are our haulage operation, international operations,
and infrastructure change.

In our 37 week period ended 31 December 2017:

Haulage represented the main source of emissions in our UK and Irish businesses. Compared with 2016, we drove further to deliver more fuel to customers but this additional mileage was offset by improved fuel efficiency of our UK in-house fleet, reflecting continued investment in newer vehicles as well as ongoing training in fuel efficient driving.

Emissions from our operations to source, store and supply fuel internationally increased due to growth of our businesses in Canada and Brazil. In particular, we imported fuel into Canada from further afield and took on more tankage in Brazil.

Emissions from our infrastructure business increased significantly (up 91%), mainly as a result of the opening of Thames Oilport as a supply rather than storage location. Emissions also increased following the acquisition of Inver Energy’s fuel terminals at Foynes and Cardiff, and the CAN-OP fuel terminal at Thunder Bay in Canada.