Cleaning up our act

SSE has achieved its largest ever reduction in carbon emissions with a 34 per cent drop in 2014/15. 

The fall means SSE has again been included in CDP’s Climate Disclosure Leadership Index and has been commended by CDP for the wide range of information it discloses on its climate impacts.  

SSE was awarded a disclosure score of 100% and a performance rating of ‘B’ from CDP.

CDP provides 822 investors with US$95 trillion in assets with comprehensive information about climate change risks and opportunities.

Martin Pibworth, SSE’s Managing Director, Wholesale, said: “As one of the UK’s largest generators of electricity we are responsible for a large amount of carbon emissions. We have a duty to make sure our carbon impacts are properly disclosed and reduced - our shareholders, customers and employees expect nothing less.

“We set ourselves a challenging target to half the carbon intensity of electricity we generate between 2006 and 2020. This result reflects the billions that we have invested in renewable generation and the infrastructure that supports it.

“As an energy company we do a lot to reduce our own emissions, but it is just as important to create the conditions where we – and others – can do more.  

By signing up to support CDP’s ‘Commit to Action’ campaign we can help to create platforms to drive a low carbon economy. 

“As a responsible company it is important for us to continue to play a full part in helping bring about a solution to climate change.”

More than 5,500 organisations disclose to CDP, generating the world’s largest database of corporate environmental information, covering climate, water and forest-risk commodities.   

Martin spoke at the CDP 2015 UK Results event and his full speech can be viewed here.