Sustainability measurement and reporting
How is a sustainability strategy measured?
At Biffa, we have carefully selected performance indicators that are relevant to our sustainability strategy pillars. From measuring our fleet electrification and reporting on increases in our collection routes efficiency to counting our Biffa Bees hotels and recording different species at our rewilded landfill sites. We also measure staff training, our investment in communities, and our progress in encouraging biodiversity. Naturally, reducing carbon emissions is a critical measure and we’re delighted to have reduced our total emissions by almost 30% compared to our 2019 baseline.
How can businesses improve their sustainability measurement?
Biffa’s sustainability strategy has been developed to continuously improve the positive impact of our business and operations on the environment and the community. Our targets, measurement and reporting reflect the fact our operations involve 10,000 people and span 95% of UK. Sectors and even individual organisations are unique, so a bespoke strategy should reflect the unique way they use resource, create emissions and impact communities.
For larger businesses this can be a significant effort and many choose to have a dedicated team to capture and analyse data. Smaller businesses can get involved by identifying how they make an impact, choosing the areas they want to improve, and setting targets. It doesn’t have to be lots of big changes - a sustainability strategy can start with something as simple as reducing general waste and increasing recycling.
Each time a small business chooses to recycle through Biffa they are participating in the circular economy. They are protecting resources and their local environment. Although larger companies have complex reporting systems, any business can start their sustainability journey by recycling. Small steps can lead to big change when we make them together.