We value the communities in which we operate and our aim is that our business activities have a positive impact on them. In addition to supporting local business with their fleets we employ 3,000 people across all of our locations. Further, we continue to champion green technology and initiatives to protect our environment.

Communities

As well as being a contributor to the economies in which we operate we actively encourage our colleagues to engage with charities that are close to their hearts. All charitable activity is promoted and championed through ongoing internal communications.

UK and Ireland

In the UK we established a national partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support and have supported them throughout the year so that they can continue to change the lives of millions of people affected by cancer. Throughout the year our people hosted a number of fundraising events including a Go Mad, Go Green Day and participation in the Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning.

Spain

Our Spanish business engaged with a number of community and charity initiatives over the year. This included continued sponsorship of Gavi, a vaccine alliance, as well as entering into partnerships with local schools in order to offer scholarships and training opportunities within our business.

The communities we operate in provide the core of our workforce, meaning that our employees understand the communities where we are present.

Environment

The activities that we undertake also have a wider impact on the environment. The main measure that we use to assess our environmental impact is greenhouse gas emissions.

Greenhouse gas emissions

This section incorporates the mandatory reporting of greenhouse gas emissions required by the Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors’ Report) Regulations 2013 (the Regulations).

Reporting and baseline year

Our reporting and fiscal years have been aligned, meaning that the information presented covers the period from 1 May 2017 to 30 April 2018 with the year ended 30 April 2014 being the baseline data for subsequent periods.

Consolidation approach and organisational boundary

The emissions data presented has been derived using the operational control approach, required under the Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors’ Reports) Regulations 2013. Each facility under operational control has been included within the figures. Northgate has used the principles of the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard (revised edition), ISO 14064-1.

Methodology

Defra’s current conversion factors have been used in arriving at the information supplied below. All six greenhouse gases are reported as appropriate.

Greenhouse gas emissions figures

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Source Tonnes of CO2e
2018
Tonnes of CO2e
2017
Tonnes of CO2e
2014
Scope 1 – Combustion of fuel and operation of facilities 7,210 6,201 5,980
Scope 2 – Electricity, heat, steam and cooling 3,581 4,766 4,348
Intensity ratio: Tonnes of CO2e per £m of revenue 22.9 24.5 23.4

The above data has been verified by an independent, UCAS accredited, third party assessor.

We recognise the need to support our customers in managing a sustainable business. We work with our suppliers to make a fleet available to our customers comprising entirely modern vehicles, achieving the highest levels of exhaust emission standards.

The following initiatives have been introduced during the year to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions:

UK and Ireland

Further investment in LED lighting at an additional three locations.

Spain

An increase in the number of electric and hybrid vehicles on the fleet contributing towards emissions reductions.

Our dedication to robust environmental principles, policies and procedures has meant that we have maintained ISO 14001 accreditation in both the UK and Spain.