Helping to protect the environment
In 2015 our energy efficiency improved by 3% to 470 kWh per £000 sales (2014: 484 kWh). We implemented a number of energy efficiency improvement projects including real-time energy monitoring, and increased usage of LED lighting, high efficiency air compressors and state-of-the-art electric motors.
Supporting local communities
ISO 14001 is our mandated environmental management system and the majority of our manufacturing sites are certified, while a small number are working towards certification.
Most GKN sites are actively involved in a huge variety of different projects, supporting their local communities, donating time to good causes and raising money for charitable projects around the world. Sometimes these are corporate initiatives, but in many cases projects and initiatives are instigated by employees. GKN calls this outstanding community involvement ‘Hearts of Gold’, and awards are given out every year to employees to celebrate the most inspiring examples, and to encourage others to follow their lead. Support for young people is central to our Hearts of Gold activity. This includes inspiring children and young adults to study science and maths and consider a career in engineering through work experience and apprenticeships; and sponsoring education, technology institutions and events. In 2015, GKN invested £1 million in 271 significant projects aimed at supporting young people. These projects touched the lives of more than 70,000 young people in 30 countries. GKN in China continued its successful student sponsorship scheme, while in the UK GKN launched ‘See Inside GKN’, a project to invite hundreds of young people to visit our sites. In April, GKN launched a Hearts of Gold microsite, www.gkn.com/heartsofgold, to ensure that even more of these activities are collected and recognised. The site encourages employees from around the world to post and share their community activity. Almost 100 stories have been added so far.
Energy consumption per unit of production (kWh/tonne)
GKN Aerospace GKN Driveline GKN Powder Metallurgy GKN Land Systems 1,105 1,031 253 292 1,238 1,238 2,477 2,507
CO2 emissions per unit of production (kg/tonne)
GKN Aerospace GKN Driveline GKN Powder Metallurgy GKN Land Systems 330 322 901 931 468 458 910 913
Greenhouse gas emissions methodology
GKN calculates greenhouse gas emissions using the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and refers to the greenhouse gas intensity of the Group (i.e. operations included in the consolidated financial statements). Our Scope 1 estimates include emissions from fuel used on premises, transport emissions from owned or controlled vehicles, losses of refrigerant, and process and fugitive emissions. Scope 2 emissions are those from electricity and heat purchased by GKN. Greenhouse gas figures include emissions related to the Fokker business.
Waste generation per unit of production (kg/tonne)
GKN Aerospace GKN Driveline GKN Powder Metallurgy GKN Land Systems 94 86 207 203 9.11 9.31 153 157
Recycled waste (% of total waste)
GKN Aerospace GKN Driveline GKN Powder Metallurgy GKN Land Systems 73 73 95 95 91 90 97 97
Open and honest communication
We aim to help our shareholders and external audiences understand our business through honest communication which is easy to access and understand. In 2015, as well as launching a new website dedicated to reporting GKN employees’ community activity, we developed a concerted social media presence on Twitter and LinkedIn, using these networks to reach and interact with a wider audience.
Water consumption per unit of production (m3/tonne)
GKN Aerospace GKN Driveline GKN Powder Metallurgy GKN Land Systems 0.631 0.641 1.23 1.27 2.09 1.97 4.38 4.0
GKN Aerospace figures measured per £000 sales.
GKN plc Annual Report and Accounts 2015