Environmental Performance 

We aim to operate our business with a strong regard for environmental sustainability. By using resources such as energy and water more efficiently, and reducing waste, we aim to improve our environmental sustainability while also controlling operating costs. We work to address environmental considerations across the life-cycle of our products, from our agricultural supply chain to how our
products are packaged and transported.

Implementing our strategy, by growing our Speciality Food Ingredients business, is gradually changing the shape of our manufacturing operations. We are producing more speciality products which involve additional manufacturing steps compared with Bulk Ingredients products, and this generally means using more energy and water resources and producing more waste. We are working to mitigate this through continual improvements in resource and operational efficiency, and waste reduction programmes.

Policy and standards
Our environmental policy and standards apply to all our activities globally and we aim to integrate environmental considerations into all major decisions. We review our environmental policy annually and undertake communication and awareness across the Group, including through induction and other training at our manufacturing facilities. Our policy is available on our corporate website www.tateandlyle.com.

Our facilities operate under local environmental authorisations and permits and we require strict compliance with these at all times. If a site breaches an operating limit, we seek to take steps immediately to resolve the issue and prevent reoccurrence.

Our internal global compliance audit programme confirms conformity with our environmental and food safety, quality and health and safety management standards. Additionally, our rolling programme of external, independent environmental compliance audits assures compliance with regulatory requirements.

Within our own operations and joint ventures, we focus on those aspects of our activities that have the greatest potential impact on the environment, namely the use of energy (and consequent air emissions and carbon
footprint), water use, and waste management.

Beyond our own operations we focus our attention on our agricultural raw material and ingredient supply chain, the transportation of our products to our customers, and our product packaging.

Operational performance
Our biggest challenge is that our strategy – to grow our Speciality Food Ingredients business – means producing a greater proportion of speciality ingredients, which are generally more resource-intensive to manufacture than bulk ingredients. We are working therefore on capital projects and
operational practices that will help us control this in terms of our direct environmental performance; whilst also working on transport and packaging, and sustainable agriculture in our supply chain.

Energy use and carbon emissions
In calendar year 2014, compared with 2013, energy use per tonne of production was flat. Since 2008 we have reduced energy use per tonne of production by 6%. Our carbon footprint from energy use reduced slightly
(down 0.3%) per tonne of production in 2014. Since 2008 we have reduced CO2e emissions per tonne of production by 10%.

Group greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the period 1 January to 31 December 2014 in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) were:

  • From combustion of fuel and operation of facilities (Scope 1) – 2,266,975 tCO2e2 (2013 – 2,291,9991)
  • From electricity, heat, steam and cooling purchased (Scope 2) – 1,247,700 tCO2e2 (2013 – 1,213,0991)
  • In total (Scope 1 and 2) – 3,514,675 tCO2e2 (2013 – 3,505,0981) which equates to an intensity of 0.375 tCO2e2 (2013 – 0.3761) per tonne of production.
1 We report environmental performance by calendar year. Data for 2012 and 2013 is restated to include our McIntosh facility (which reopened in 2012) in line with our methodology for incorporating new sites
(set out at www.tateandlyle.com/CR2015).
2 Refers to 2013 data that has been externally assured by Bureau Veritas UK Ltd. Their assurance statement is at www.tateandlyle.com/CR2015.

Environmental sustainability targets and achievements
We have four medium-term environmental sustainability targets.

Target by end of 2016 Calendar year 2013 status Example

Reduce CO2e emissions from energy use by 12.5% per tonne of production (baseline year 2008)1

10% reduction in CO2e emissions per tonne of production versus 2008

In October 2014 our Sagamore plant in Lafayette, US changed from coal to gas, to fuel its combined heat and power (CHP) energy
system; thereby reducing CO2e emissions by up to 56,000 tonnes per year.

Implement packaging reduction programmes with customers representing >50% of sales (£) Programmes initiated with customers representing >20% of sales (£) Recent projects include changing from shrink wrap to stretch wrap to secure pallet loads at a Food Systems manufacturing facility in Europe, reducing their wrapping film use by about 75%; and moving
additional product sacks from bleached to unbleached paper stock.
Implement transport efficiency programmes with customers representing >50% of sales (£) Programmes initiated with customers representing >25% of sales (£)  We have implemented several projects shifting regional product
distribution from road to rail in the US.
Implement sustainable agricultural sourcing programmes for our top 20 agricultural raw materials and ingredients by volume

We are on track to surpass our sustainable agriculture target, with programmes currently being implemented for 24 agricultural raw materials/ingredients (see Our Marketplace section for more details)

Corn is by far our largest agricultural raw material/ingredient by volume. We buy corn from the ‘corn belts’ of the US and Europe. We are engaging with the US National Corn Growers Association
(NCGA), with other growers’ representatives, and with corn growers
directly, on sustainable agriculture – alongside other matters such as food safety and quality.


1We recognise that installing new air emissions control equipment at several locations over the next few years and the manufacture of more speciality products will make it more challenging to reduce our energy use and CO2e emissions in the medium term.

Managing safely

Water: The global challenge

Water: The global challenge

Water: The global challenge

We use large volumes of water in our manufacturing operations, so at a time of increasing pressure on global resources, and changes in temperature and rainfall patterns, it’s vital that we take a strategic and environmentally sustainable approach to our supply and use of water.

Tate & Lyle has reduced water consumption by 7% per tonne of production through water conservation, recycling and operational efficiencies. Our global plants have on-going programmes and projects for water efficiency, with targets for reduction.

We are conducting reviews of the water requirements of all our manufacturing facilities to compare them with databases of local water supplies and demand. We are also looking at projections of availability into the future, including a ‘worst case’ climate-change scenario for 2050, so that we can plan accordingly.

Tate & Lyle wins top environmental awards
The success of these policies has been vividly demonstrated in the American Mid West. In 2012, despite recent extreme drought and high temperatures, our largest US plant at Decatur, Illinois, won GE’s Return on Environment Award for decreasing water use by nearly 21 million US gallons per year, and the Proof not Promises Award for significantly improving its operational performance.