Continuous Environmental Investment

De La Rue understands the impact that its activities, products and services can have on the environment. All of our supply chain manufacturing sites have achieved ISO14001 accreditation for their environmental management systems. We do our best to reduce any negatives and increase the positives by:
  • Tracking key environmental KPIs on a monthly basis (waste, energy, water usage). This data is also confirmed at each financial year-end where sites complete an environmental questionnaire to create an overall environmental summary.
  • Subscribing to the Carbon Disclosure Project and FTSE4Good

Download De La Rue’s Environmental Policy Statement 


We are working towards achieving a robust integrated approach to environmental sourcing


Accreditations across the Group

  • ISO14001
    Certificate for all manufacturing site
  • Covered by a central certificate and one external audit process to meet the new ISO14001:2015 standard
  • Group Environmental Management System (GEMS), certified against ISO14001:2015




Preventing pollution by...


Examples of some of our recent environmental achievements are:

  • A 'War on Waste' imitative at our supply chain sites to improve resource efficiency, reduce the amount of solid waste produced and evaluate alternative waste management options
  • Successful trails of a new effluent treatment process at our Gateshead site
  • The introduction of an energy management programme to reduce energy consumption and cost 
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in CO2 by 2% during the FY2017/18 to save approx. 2,000 tonnes less carbon
Reducing solid waste sent to landfill by 2% and reducing the overall waste we produce
Reducing water consumption
Developing a wider sustainability programme with KPI tracking


Preventing waste by...


Waste minimisation programmes to reduce site generated waste and lower demand for energy/transport usage
Permits and waste codes comply with national and local legislation
All secure waste is granulated onsite and sent to an Refuse Derived Fuel site whenever possible
All third part waste service providers are competent, hold necessary permits to operate and comply with local/national statutory requirements
All Trans-Boundary waste shipments are recorded and appropriate export or movement licences obtained
Annual internal audits ensure correct waste management delivery


De La Rue uses Combined Heat and Power Plant (CHP) energy and exports electricity to the grid at some sites


2% Reduction in factory emissions is the target for the current year



We measure our environmental performance using the following:

Greenhouse gas emissions

2017-18  2016-17   
Type of emissions Activity tCO2 % of total  tCO2e % of total % change 
Direct (scope 1) Natural gas 36,120 39.0 39,240 37.6 (8.0)
  Other fuels  615 0.7 888 0.9 (30.8)
  Process emissions 1,197  1.3 1,197 1.1  0.0
  Fugitive emissions  393  0.4 75 0.1  422.2
  Owned vehicles  99  0.1 119 0.1  (16.8)
  Subtotal  38,425  41.5 41,520 39.8  (7.5)
Indirect (scope 2) Electricity  30,350  32.8 36,084 34.6  (15.9)
  Subtotal 30,350 32.8 36,084 34.6 (15.9)
Indirect other (scope 3) Rail travel  5  0.0 5 0.0  (0.9)
  Air travel  6,961  7.5 7,426 7.1  (6.3)
  Non-owned vehicles  0  0.0 0 0  
  Water  1,538  1.7 1,900 1.8  (19.1)
  WTT all scopes  15,289  16.5 17,357 16.6  (11.9)
  Subtotal  23,793  25.7 26,689 25.6  (10.8)
Total gross emissions (tCO2e)    92,568   104,294    (11.2)
Renewable electricity (tCO2e)    0      
Electricity exported to grid (tCO2e)   238   949     (74.9)
Total net emissions (tCO2e)     92,330   103,345     (10.7)
Intensity metric            
Total gross emissions (tCO2e)    92,568    104,294    (11)
Total net emissions (tCO2e)   92,330    103,345    (11)
Revenue (£m)    474    461.8    3
Tonnes of gross CO2e per £m    195   226    (14)
Tonnes of net CO2e per £m    195    224    (13)



The scope 1 emissions 2018 figures have been updated to reflect information available following recent reviews, therefore are different to the figures published in the 2018 Annual Report.