In 2008 we set ourselves a series of stretching targets to reduce our environmental impacts, which we aim to reach by 2016:
20% absolute reduction in energy consumed and CO2 emissions from buildings
25% reduction in water used per person
25% reduction in waste to landfill per person and to recycle 70% of waste
20% reduction in CO2 transport emissions per person
How are we doing?
The BBC's performance in meeting our targets is reported annually in the BBC Corporate Responsibility Review. See pp 31-35 of the 2013 Review.
A big contributor to our energy reduction is our strategy to concentrate our operations into fewer, more efficient buildings such as our new sites in Media City in Salford, Roath Lock in Cardiff, and New Broadcasting House in London. Closure of Television Centre, once all staff and technology have been relocated, will see a significant reduction in our carbon footprint. We will complement this reduction in space with investments in energy efficiency in our other sites.
We use rainwater harvesting systems in our Media Village site in London and in Roath Lock Cardiff, and our new buildings are designed with fittings to reduce water use, such as low flush toilet cisterns.
Our first aim is to reduce the amount of waste we generate in the first place, through working with suppliers and BBC staff to cut down wherever we can. We’ve introduced pull printing to cut down on paper waste, and recycling facilities and guides are provided in all our main sites.
BBC staff will always need to make essential journeys, but we want to reduce non-essential journeys and have upgraded our video conference facilities, implemented policies to cut down on domestic flights, and where travel is necessary, worked closely with suppliers to reduce CO2 emissions of fleet and hire vehicles.
We've upgraded our video conference facilities, implemented policies to cut domestic flights, and worked closely with vehicle suppliers to reduce emissions