Environment

Climate change is posing a threat like never before. 

RWS and its employees are concerned about the environment and we are committed to helping the world transition to net zero. In 2021, we became a signatory to the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and have started working towards aligning ourselves and adopting the TCFD ahead of it becoming mandatory.

Read our Environmental Policy Statement

We are committed to:

  • The continual improvement of our environmental management systems globally 
  • Complying with the spirit as well as the letter of all applicable environmental legislation, approved codes of practice and any other requirements not codified by law to which we subscribe 
  • Co-operating fully and maintain open relationships with all regulatory authorities 
  • Complying with the environmental requirements of the company’s clients

Energy and greenhouse gas report

Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and reduced travel and office occupation, it has been difficult to set accurate targets, so we have continued to use baseline data from FY19. On 9 November 2020, RWS Holdings plc acquired SDL plc adding 60 offices and over 4,300 employees. As a result of this, the carbon emissions for RWS for FY21 are considerably higher than those of FY20. 

To date we have been targeting reductions year-on-year, for the following: 

  • Natural resources and consumables 
  • Carbon footprint 
  • Electricity kWh/measured by employee and turnover 
  • Commercial waste 
  • Landfill waste/measured by employee and turnover 
  • Waste/measured by employee and turnover 
 

We also strive to have no environmental incidents.

The table below summarises the GHG emissions for reporting year: 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2021. This is the third assessment that RWS has completed of its emissions and we have provided the baseline year assessment results for comparison.
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Energy

Energy is a key driver of carbon emissions across the Group and we are committed to reducing our energy consumption across our operations. 

We recognise that what is good for the environment is also good for business. Energy savings, for example, reduce our emissions output while cutting costs.

Energy
Waste
Water
Paper
Carbon offset

Green logistics programme

RWS operates a total of three company vehicles globally of which one is a hybrid and two diesel. The diesel vehicles will be phased out by September 2022 and, where a vehicle is still necessary, will be replaced with hybrid vehicles.
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Small steps lead to big results in Brno

In 2019, RWS consolidated its three offices in Brno, Czech Republic into one state-of-the-art flagship office with one of the most advanced sustainability certifications in the world. Read how the sustainable construction, biodiversity and energy efficiency of this building serves as an inspiration and model for our future growth.
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Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time and threatens the lives and livelihoods of billions of people. We all need to work together in helping the world transition to net zero and RWS is committed to helping achieve this. In 2021 we became a signatory to the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures and we have started working towards aligning ourselves and adopting the TCFD ahead of it becoming mandatory in 2022.

RWS Climate Change Statement

At RWS, we believe the science is clear – anthropogenic climate change is real and the effects are already being seen and felt globally. As an international organization, we acknowledge our responsibility for our part in this crisis and we welcome our role as a world leader in climate risk mitigation. 

Globally, we have set the following goals: 

  • Reduce carbon emissions 55% by 2030, using FY22 as a baseline 
  • Develop a science-based target, aligned with the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) criteria and to submit the plan to the SBTi for validation 
  • Achieve Environmental Management System compliance at 30% of the business by headcount 
  • Become an industry leader in compliance with regulatory structures including TCFD, SASB and others 
  • Increase our commitment to nature-based solutions to reduce our carbon footprint and support global biodiversity 
  • Expand integration and understanding of diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI) principles to ensure a sustainable and equitable future that leaves no one behind 

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