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Sustainability Report
Year-in-Review FY21

Sustainability Highlights

A quote from the Chair of our Board Sustainability Committee:


A quote from the Chair of our Board Sustainability Committee:

 
Ken Lever CHAIRMAN //

The Covid-19 pandemic has provided the impetus for a period of self-reflection for businesses and for society. This self-reflection has given strength to the growing body of opinion that businesses should profit through a meaningful purpose…

to give greater credence to all stakeholders and ensure sustainability is embedded in the way that they operate. Organisations who have prioritised people, planet and profit within their business model have really come to the forefront.

A quote from our Chief Executive: 

A quote from our Chief Executive: 

Michael Topham CEO //

We understand the important role that our sector has in helping to tackle the defining issues of our time. We understand the huge possibilities, but equally the great potential for harm, if waste isn’t dealt with responsibly. That is why we are here…

Biffa exists to change the way people think about waste. And I have no doubt that a year on from publishing our sustainability strategy, we have already made a big difference.

Sustainability Strategy

Our sustainability strategy is based on three strategic pillars:

Strategic Pillars

Strategic Ambitions

Targets to 2030

Alignment to UN SDGs

  • Strategic Pillars

    Building a circular economy

    Strategic Ambitions

    Unlock £1.25bn of investment in green economy by 2030

    Targets to 2030

    • Leading in surplus redistribution
    • Quadrupling our plastics recycling
    • Investing in low carbon energy from waste

    Alignment to UN SDGs

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  • Strategic Pillars

    Tackling climate change

    Strategic Ambitions

    Having reduced emissions by 70% since 2002, we will deliver a further 50% reduction by 2030

    Targets to 2030

    • 50% reduction in carbon emissions
    • Cease buying fossil-fuelled trucks
    • Increase collection route efficiency by 20%

    Alignment to UN SDGs

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  • Strategic Pillars

    Caring for our people, supporting our communities

    Strategic Ambitions

    Be recognised as a top ranked employer and continue to be a good citizen, supporting good causes to make a real difference

    Targets to 2030

    • Support of national Hope for Justice campaign to end modern slavery
    • 50% reduction in our Lost Time Injury rate
    • Manage 30% of estate for biodiversity

    Alignment to UN SDGs

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Investment in our recycling facilities to date has doubled our plastics recycling capacity to 120,000 tonnes a year. Our target is to quadruple our plastic recycling capacity by 2030.

We continued to make progress in building our two low carbon energy from waste (EfW) facilities - Newhurst in Leicestershire and Protos in Cheshire.

Company Shop Group Warehouse

And we’ve also invested in surplus waste redistribution through the acquisition of Company Shop Group enabling us to deliver a unique circular economy proposition.

We launched the UK’s largest fleet of electric refuse vehicles designed to reduce air pollution levels in the city of Manchester.

Taskforce on Climate Related Disclosures

We also expanded our rail network to help transport inert type wastes by rail instead of road. Since 2019, we have saved over 12,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions by switching to rail links to transport inert waste.

Over the past two decades, we reduced our carbon emissions by 70%. Our aim is to cut our emissions by a further 50% by 2030 and to reach net zero emissions by 2050, in line with Government targets.


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Caring for our people, supporting our communities

Our strategy is delivered by our people and we prioritise their health, safety and wellbeing whilst supporting our communities through our biodiversity programmes, Biffa Award and charity partnership with WasteAid.

Down to Zero

We have built a framework that will provide a clear actionable route to Net Zero emissions by no later than 2050.

We have built a framework that will provide a clear actionable route to Net Zero emissions by 2050. Find our more here

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tCO2e

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  • 1 m
  • 500 k
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Our journey so far

Our path to 2030

Scaling up to deliver net zero by no later than 2050

Net zero by no later than 2050

2008 - Worlds first food-grade HDPE plant

2008 - National DMR service launched

2011 – National foodwaste collection service launched alongside opening of Poplars AD plant

2019 – First eRCV
trial

Committed to Science-Based Target initiative

Release our new 10 year strategy to 2040

Release our new 10 year strategy to 2050

65% reduction

80% reduction by 2030

50% reduction by 2030

Our journey so far

Our path to 2030

Our 2030 targets are based on existing technology with realistic deployment. This deliverable strategy builds the foundations for the next phase of our long-term ambition of reaching net zero emissions across all our operations by 2050.

50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030

20% Increase collection route efficiency by 2030

Cease buying fossil-fuelled vehicles by 2030

Buy 100% renewable electricity

Develop our renewable energy capacity

Scaling up to deliver net zero by no later than 2050

Emerging technology and process innovation will bring opportunities to further accelerate the reduction of our emissions and allow us to achieve net zero by no later than 2050.

No fossil-fuelled vehicles by 2040

Societal shift away from non-recyclable material

Exploit carbon capture and storage to accelerate emissions reduction

Net zero emissions heavy plant by 2040

All site fuels to be replaced by net zero emissions electricity by 2040

Pre-treatment of landfill material to further decrease active waste to below 10%

Increase use of renewable energy on sites

Deploy environmentally beneficial offsetting for residual emissions at 2050

  • 2002
  • 2010
  • 2020
  • 2030
  • 2040
  • 2050

Past CO2e emissions

Projected emissions

Our materiality assessment

Reporting what matters to our stakeholders.

Reporting what matters to our stakeholders.

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Importance to key stakeholders

Importance to Biffa

Our stories

We’re making great progress in our sustainability strategy and here are some examples of the work we’ve been doing. Read more here
 
We’re making great progress in our sustainability strategy and here are some examples of the work we’ve been doing. Read more here
 

FY21 Downloads

Sustainability Report FY21 - Full Version

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Sustainability Report FY21 - Summary Version

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Sustainability Strategy 2020

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Sustainability Report FY21- GRI Content Index

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Sustainability Report FY21- SASB Content Index

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Sustainability Report FY21 - Independent Assurance Statement

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Annual Report & Accounts FY21

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Section Downloads

Sustainability Report FY21- Introduction

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Sustainability Report FY21- Stakeholders and Materiality

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Sustainability Report FY21- Route to Net Zero

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Sustainability Report FY21- Pillar 1 - Building a circular economy

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Sustainability Report FY21- Pillar 2 - Tackling climate change

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Sustainability Report FY21- Pillar 3 - Caring for our people, supporting our communities

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Sustainability Report FY21- progress against sustainability strategy

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Sustainability Report FY21 - TCFD Report

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Sustainability Report FY21- Performance Data

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