We value the communities we operate in, and our aim is for our business activities to have a positive impact on them. 

As well as supporting local businesses with their fleets, we employ over 3,000 people at our locations. In addition, we continue to promote green technology and initiatives to protect our environment.

Communities

As well as being a contributor to the economies we operate in, we encourage our colleagues to support charities that are close to their hearts. We promote all charitable activity through ongoing internal communications.

UK and Ireland

This year, our employees in the UK & Ireland worked with Macmillian Cancer Support to organise ‘Go Mad, Go Green’ events. They also supported Mengo Children’s Foundation, contributing to the ‘Pens for Kids’ initiative, sending school supplies to children in Uganda.

Spain

Our Spanish business worked with a number of community and charity initiatives over the year. This included working with the Coach Project that promotes employment opportunities among young people and working with the University of Nebrija to support the faculty of Languages and Education.

Environment

The activities we undertake do have a wider impact on the environment. The main measure 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

We have aligned our reporting and fiscal years, so the information presented covers the period from 1 May 2018 to 30 April 2019, with the year ended 30 April 2014 forming the baseline data for subsequent periods.

Consolidation approach and organisational boundary

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

Methodology

We have used Defra’s current conversion factors 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
2019
Tonnes of CO2e
2018
Tonnes of CO2e
2014
Scope 1 – Combustion of fuel and operation of facilities 6,793 7,210 5,980
Scope 2 – Electricity, heat, steam and cooling 3,094 3,581 4,348
Intensity ratio: Tonnes of CO2e per £m of revenue 19.1 22.9 23.4

An independent, UCAS-accredited, third-party assessor has verified the above data.

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.