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Environmental Performance

Tackling Climate Change

Climate change is a global emergency that requires action now. Our services deliver carbon reductions for waste producers. Decarbonisation means growing our services, whilst reducing our carbon footprint and maximising carbon savings wherever we can, for ourselves and our customers.

We are focusing our efforts on the areas where we can make a big impact, such as diverting even more general waste away from landfill into recycling and recovery, improving collection route densities
and phasing out fossil-fuelled collection vehicles. Our aim is to cut our emissions by a further 50% by 2030, as we progress towards net carbon neutrality, in line with UK government targets.


We have reduced CO2 by 65% since 2002, and are committed to reduce our carbon footprint by a further 50% by 2030.


We're reducing our impact

With a 65% reduction in CO2 since 2002, including a 15% reduction in the last 3 years, we have achieved a lot. By reducing dependence on landfill further, we will be able to deliver on our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint by 50% by 2030. That will mean an over 80% reduction since 2002!

We’re Carbon Gold

We have achieved Carbon Saver Gold Accreditation for a record 12 years, certifying that Biffa’s carbon emissions data has been independently reviewed and our carbon intensity per tonne of waste has decreased every year.

We’re reducing our reliance on fossil fuels

We have started trialling new technologies, including electric collection vehicles, and our ambition is to cease buying fossil-fuelled trucks by 2030, five years before the UK Government’s target and to have no fossil fuelled vehicles by 2040. Our estate of closed and restored landfill sites offers great potential for solar development and we plan to install at least 100MW of renewable energy capacity through solar farms on this landbank by 2030, with an initial phase of 50MW by 2025.

Let the train take the strain…

In the last few years we have developed our rail transport capabilities and around 27% of our specialist waste types, destined for landfill, are now transported by rail. This has resulted in a 75% reduction in transport emissions, in comparison to road haulage, and benefited local communities by reducing traffic. And it doesn’t end there! Our employees are travelling less to save emissions through our ‘Smarter Working’ programme.

Biffa - the low carbon collector

Our nationwide business waste collection platform is the largest and most efficient in the country. Not only does this mean we can offer the best flexibility for our customers, enabling them to maximise recycling, but its leading ‘route density’ means it has the lowest environmental footprint. In the last four years we have improved our collection density (the number of stops we make in any given area) by 11%. Our plan is to increase collection route efficiency by a further 20% by 2030.

Environmental Data

To view our latest environmental data click here.