Climate Change


RPS Group Plc (RPS) has acknowledged that Climate Change is happening for quite some years now and acknowledges the increasing importance of environmental and climate change issues in its published Strategy (Annual Report 2015, P3). RPS also acknowledges that its largely office based business activities have measurable impacts on the environment which the organisation should target comprehensively for targeted reductions.

In the UK, RPS Group Plc’s has BSI certified management systems for ISO 9001:2008 (quality management, BSI FS 32940 ) and ISO 14001:2004 (environmental management, BSI EMS 70824) and we see these as the core instruments of tracking and managing future environmental and climate-related performance improvements.

In July 2016, RPS joined BSI’s ‘Partners in Excellence’ programme as part of consolidating the quality and environmental management systems that were established originally with other service providers by our acquired businesses. We have been consolidating the certification of these management systems in the UK with BSI making direct oversight by top management easier to effect prior to transition to the new international standards: ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001: 2015. Integrated Management Systems covering quality and environmental management are certified to the same international standards by other national bodies such NSAI in Ireland and RVC in The Netherlands.

All the main board directors of RPS Group Plc are jointly responsible for developing the Group's policies relating to climate change and environmental management. Dr Alan Hearne, the Group's CEO, is the named executive director on the main board with the particular oversight of climate change issues.

Environmental Policy

RPS Group Plc is an international consultancy providing advice on:

the exploration and production of oil and gas and other natural resources;

the development and management of the built and natural environment and

the development of infrastructure to ensure the supply of energy resources to market and to enable the world's population to have available appropriate transport, water and power resources.

Although as a consultancy organisation our direct impact on the environment is comparatively moderate, the Group seeks to keep this to a minimum through the adoption of appropriate standards and the setting of specific targets.

The Group endeavours to:

comply with all relevant national and regional legislation as a minimum;

comply with codes of practice and other requirements such as those specified by regulators and our clients;

ensuring the prevention of pollution on our operational sites;

utilise suppliers that offer products which are sustainable, recyclable or environmentally sensitive wherever practicable and economic; employ practical energy efficiency and waste minimisation measures; and

provide an inter-office IT network together with communications and video conferencing technology that significantly reduces business travel.

To achieve these objectives appropriate training is provided to enable activities to be conducted in an environmentally sensitive manner and sufficient management resources are allocated to enable effective implementation of policies. A number of the Group's operating businesses have achieved BS EN ISO 14001, the internationally recognised environmental management system standard.

The Group's policies and objectives for environmental management are reviewed annually by the Board and at other times in the light of changes within the Group's businesses, new legislation and emerging practice. Our performance is monitored internally and key performance measures reported in the Group's Annual Report. We aim to adhere to the principle of continuous improvement in environmental management by all practical means.

On behalf of the Board

17 July 2015

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

For the reporting year 1 January to 31 December 2015 we have followed the 2015 UK Government environmental reporting guidance and used 2014 UK Government’s Conversion Factors for Company Reporting. Greenhouse gas emissions are reported using the following parameters to determine what is included within the reporting boundaries in terms of RPS energy consumption.

Scope 1 – direct emissions includes any gas data and fuel use for company owned vehicles. Fugitive emissions from air conditioning are included where it is RPS’s responsibility within the tenanted buildings.

Scope 2 – indirect energy emissions includes purchased electricity throughout the company operations.

Greenhouse gas emissions (tCO2e) are set out in the table below.

  2015 2014
Scope 1: Direct emissions


Scope 2: Indirect emissions 4,516 4,724
Total 12,638 11,605

The increase in Scope 1 emissions is largely attributable to a significant growth in the UK based RPS Water business and a corresponding growth in the size of its vehicle fleet.

The Group has set a target to reduce per capita office energy consumption by 2.5% on a five year rolling average basis. Using this approach the five year rolling average up to 2014 was 3.56 MWh per capita which decreased to 3.5 MWh per capita for the five year rolling average to 2015. Although a decrease of 1.1% was achieved this was below the target of 2.5%.

The Group’s policies and objectives for environmental management are reviewed from time to time in the light of changes within the Group’s businesses, new legislation and emerging practice.

RPS and the Carbon Disclosure Project

Within the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), RPS Group Plc’s 2015 Climate Disclosure Score (Out of 100 total points) was 92.

CDP disclosure scores are an assessment of the quality and completeness of a company’s response.

Company Name Disclosure Score
RPS Group Plc 92
CDP climate change program average 84

CDP 2015 Climate Performance Bands are also ranked on an A-E scale. Where a company’s total disclosure score is 50 or more the response is assessed and ranked in a performance band. The assessment looks at actions in the reporting year that contribute to climate change mitigation, adaptation and transparency. The performance scores are expressed as bands (A, A-, B, C, D, E). Companies scoring less than 50 are not given a banding at all.

Company Name Performance Band
RPS Group Plc C
CDP climate change program average C

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