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Measurement is an essential part of the Nikwax environmental approach. Without it we wouldn't know if our policies were working.

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Environmental Indicators

Aiming for Continuous Improvement

Environmental Indicators

Measuring your environmental footprint is an essential first step if you’re aiming to reduce it. Without measurement it is impossible to know if your policies are working, and therefore whether to continue or try something else. Nikwax now has several years of data, showing improvement in some areas, but little change in others. By sharing this data online, we’re opening ourselves up to public scrutiny and criticism. Our hope is that this transparency will focus the minds of everyone at the company, and stimulate further innovation in our strategies to reduce impacts.

These statistics show how our performance changes over time. They cannot however be directly compared to other companies, unless they can show that they have used the same methodology. It is also important to consider potential differences between companies’ operations. With energy for example, we can only measure our own usage, and not that of our suppliers or service providers. Other companies may outsource energy intensive processes such as manufacturing, filling or printing.

Hover your mouse over the labels on the graph for more detailed comments.

About This Graph

 

This graph shows our primary carbon dioxide emissions resulting from the use of gas and electricity, fuel for company vehicles and staff air travel. It does not include carbon emissions associated with third party suppliers and service providers.

We have been moving over to "green energy tariffs" as a way to ensure that more of our energy comes from renewable sources. However, we cannot currently buy electricity which is guaranteed to be 100% renewable without occasional "topping up" from conventional sources. As a result we report two statistics; the blue line shows what our CO2 emissions would be if we weren't using a green electricity tariff; the green line shows our CO2 emissions including a deduction for the use of green energy tariffs, but with the caveat that this may not be perfectly accurate.

For the purposes of carbon offsetting with the World Land Trust, we use the higher figures shown on the blue line. This ensures that we fund more than enough rainforest restoration and protection to compensate for our emissions.

Methodology Overview

 

The Environmental Management team gather data from across the company on the consumption of gas, electricity, petrol, diesel and air travel. They then use the standard conversion factors supplied by the UK Department for the Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFRA), to convert these different energy sources into a CO2 equivalent. The conversion factors we use can be found on the DEFRA webpage.

These figures include the primary CO2 emissions associated with running our own operations. It is important to recognise that there are additional emissions associated with third party suppliers and service providers which cannot be included in our own reporting. For example, a proportion of our courier service's CO2 emissions are generated as a result of activities carried out for Nikwax, but data on exactly what proportion is not available.

If you have any questions regarding the methodology used to produce this graph, please contact the Nikwax Environmental Management team.

About This Graph

This graph shows how much gas and electricity we are using for offices and manufacture at our UK sites, relative to the amount of product that we make. The blue line is the monthly figure, which varies greatly throughout the year according to the seasons. The green line is a twelve month moving average which gives us a better indication of the overall trend. We're aiming for a downwards trend, which would indicate that we're becoming more efficient with time.

We use this benchmarked statistic rather than total consumption, because it allows us to judge the efficiency of energy use independently of the company's growth. Total consumption is not very useful for efficiency because it rises and falls according to how much we sell. What we want to ensure is that we are using energy as efficiently as possible, whatever the sales.

The statistic is not perfect however, and changes over time can be caused by factors other than efficiency. For example, if we were to outsource our bottle filling process, the energy used to run that line would no longer be accounted for internally, and would make the overall process appear more efficient. When there are significant changes in the graph, we will endeavour to insert a comment which explains the possible reasons, including whether there has been a change in outsourcing.

Our total consumption of energy, including transport, is used to work out our carbon dioxide emissions which we then offset by funding reforestation through the World Land Trust. This data is displayed in a separate graph.

Methodology Overview

Every month, readings are taken from all the electricity and gas meters at our UK sites. The energy use shown here is a result of manufacturing, heating buildings, powering computers, lighting etc. At the time of writing the statistic does not show energy consumption at our offices in the USA or Poland, but this is expected to be modest given their small size. Some of the buildings included in this measure are also shared by our sister company Páramo. Any buildings used exclusively by Páramo staff have been excluded.

Our manufacturing teams give a monthly report of the number of litres of finished product made. This includes all products lines. We then divide the monthly figure for energy use by the litres finished to generate the data points displayed above.

If you have any questions regarding the methodology used to produce this graph, please contact the Nikwax Environmental Management team.

About This Graph

This graph shows the number of grams of packaging per litre of product for our top three selling products. The data shown covers more than 60% of units sold, and we're working to bring the rest of the range into the statistic.

Each product is available in a range of sizes and types, each with a different ratio of packaging to product. The figure shown above is an average, weighted according to the number of units of each type sold. We're aiming for a downwards trend, because this would indicate that we're getting more efficient with packaging over time.

There are three main ways in which we can reduce the packaging to product ratio. Firstly, we can replace heavier containers such as bottles, with lighter containers such as pouches. Secondly, we can focus our selling efforts on larger volume containers which tend to be more efficient than smaller volume ones. Lastly, we can work to make our products more concentrated so that the customer gets more uses from the same container.

Methodology Overview

The Nikwax Environmental Management Team generates this statistic on a yearly basis, combining sales data with measurements carried out as part of quality control. First, a packaging to product ratio is calculated for each container size by dividing the container weight by the fill volume. Where there has been a change in the concentration of the product relative to the base year, the fill volume is adjusted accordingly. The ratio for each container size is then multiplied by the percentage of all litres sold in that size. The resulting figures for all sizes are then added together to give the final statistic.

We do the calculation this way because we're interested in identifying which are the least efficient container types and sizes. However, the same statistic could be reached by dividing the total mass of all packaging used, by the total number of litres sold.

As previously stated, the statistic currently includes our top three selling products only. This represents more than 60% of all sales, and we are working to bring the rest of the range into the measure.

If you have any questions regarding the methodology used to produce this graph, please contact the Nikwax Environmental Management team.

About This Graph

This graph shows how much water we are using at our UK sites, relative to the amount of product that we make. The blue line is the monthly figure, which varies greatly throughout the year according to the seasons. The red line is a twelve month moving average which gives us a better indication of the overall trend. We're aiming for a downwards trend, which would indicate that we're becoming more efficient with time.

We use this benchmarked statistic rather than total consumption, because it allows us to judge the efficiency of water use independently of the company's growth. Total consumption is not very useful for efficiency because it rises and falls according to how much we sell. What we want to ensure is that we are using energy as efficiently as possible, whatever the sales.

The statistic is not perfect however, and changes over time can be caused by factors other than efficiency. For example, if we were to outsource our bottle filling process, the water used to flush out that line would no longer be accounted for internally, and would make the overall process appear more efficient. When there are significant changes in the graph, we will endeavour to insert a comment which explains the possible reasons, including whether there has been a change in outsourcing.

Methodology Overview

Every month, readings are taken from all the water meters at our UK sites. The water use shown here is a result of manufacturing, bottle filling, toilets and drinking water etc. At the time of writing the statistic does not include water consumption at our offices in the USA or Poland, but this is expected to be modest given their small size. Some of the buildings included in this measure are also shared by our sister company Páramo. Any buildings used exclusively by Páramo staff have been excluded.

Our manufacturing teams give a monthly report of the number of litres of finished product made. This includes all products lines. We divide the monthly figure for water use by the litres finished, to generate the data points displayed above.

If you have any questions regarding the methodology used to produce this graph, please contact the Nikwax Environmental Management team.