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.

Implementing our business strategy, by growing our Speciality Food Ingredients division, is gradually changing the shape of our manufacturing operations to produce more speciality products which typically involve additional manufacturing steps compared with our Bulk Ingredients division. This can drive
some increase in resource use and waste, which we are working to mitigate through efficiency and waste reduction projects and programmes.

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.

Our environmental policy and standards apply to all our activities globally and we aim to integrate environmental considerations into all major decisions.

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 compliance 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
During the year we saw the impact of:

  • some of our Bulk Ingredients plants running below capacity – which reduces
    their environmental efficiency, due to lower demand for carbonated soft drinks caused by unusually cold and wet weather
  • changes in our production mix – with the manufacture of more speciality products
  • some site-specific factors causing temporary environmental efficiency impacts, such as works to implement a new process sequence at Loudon, US and from taking equipment off-line at Decatur, US for scheduled replacement.


1 We report environmental performance by calendar year.
2 Refers to 2013 data that has been externally assured by Bureau Veritas UK Ltd. Their assurance statement is at www.tateandlyle.com/CR2014.
3 Previously we have reported carbon footprint in tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2); we now report in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) across all years.

In calendar year 2013, compared with 2012 our performance was as follows:

  • Energy use per tonne of production increased by 1.6%. Since 2008 we have
    reduced energy use per tonne of production by 8%.
  • Carbon footprint from energy use increased by 1.9% per tonne of production. Since 2008 we have reduced CO2e emissions per tonne of production by 10%. In calendar year 2014 we will be implementing an energy project at our Sagamore, Indiana, US which we anticipate will reduce our emissions by up to 56,000 tonnes CO2e per year.
  • Water use per tonne of production increased by 2.8%. Since 2008 we have
    reduced water use per tonne of production by 6%. Water re-use and recycling projects implemented at Dayton, Ohio, US during the last two
    years are saving more than 500,000 cubic meters of water annually.
  • Waste to landfill increased by 2.2% per tonne of production. Since 2008 we have reduced waste to landfill per tonne of production by 25%.

We are working to improve our environmental performance by focusing on:

  • Capital projects and operational practices to reduce our impact
  • Working with our suppliers and others to promote sustainable agriculture
  • Working with our customers on reducing our combined environmental impact
    associated with transport and packaging.

Group greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the period 1 January to 31 December 2013 in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) were:

  • From combustion of fuel and operation of facilities (Scope 1) 2,270,489 tCO2e1
  • From electricity, heat, steam and cooling purchased (Scope 2) 1,224,731 tCO2e1
  • In total (Scope 1 and 2) 3,495,220 tCO2e1 which equates to an intensity of 0.375 tCO2e1 per tonne of production.

We have reported on all of the material emission sources required under The
Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors’ Report) Regulations 2013. We report GHG emissions in line with the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard. The scope, principles and methodology we use are provided in ‘CR Reporting Criteria Annual Report 2014’ at www.tateandlyle.com/CR2014.

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)4

10% reduction in CO2e emissions per tonne of production versus 2008 In calendar year 2014, we will be implementing an energy project at our Sagamore, Indiana, US plant that will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by up to 56,000 tonnes CO2e per year
Implement packaging reduction programmes with customers representing >50% of sales (£) Programmes initiated with customers representing >20% of sales (£) In 2013 we changed from a paper-foil-paper sack to a paper-plastic-paper sack for several products that improves recyclability (and thereby reduces resource use)
Implement transport efficiency programmes with customers representing >50% of sales (£) Programmes initiated with customers representing >25% of sales (£) Four high-efficiency, low emission ‘methane diesel’ trucks are dedicated to our central European distribution, utilising liquefied natural/bio gas
Implement sustainable agricultural sourcing programmes for our top 20 agricultural raw materials and ingredients by volume Overall, we are currently working on sustainable agricultural sourcing across 30 raw materials/ ingredients. During the year we established new sustainable sourcing criteria for four agricultural raw materials/ingredients We utilise an externally conducted sustainability risk assessment of our agricultural raw materials/ingredients to help us decide how to focus our work on sustainable agriculture


4We 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.