We commit to formalizing an environmental management system to support our goal of utilizing natural resources, such as energy and water, more efficiently and reducing our emissions and waste generation. All our stores are compliant with applicable environmental regulations.
We regularly conduct internal environmental audits to ensure this compliance. Similarly, our stores are subject to annual external environmental audits by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. If needed, corrective actions are immediately implemented for continuous compliance with environmental regulations.
We also regularly study and examine the means by which we can further improve our environmental management system and our use of various environmental resources. These include training and awareness programs for our employees as well as the necessary communications to address any environmental management issues.
Senior management, more specifically our operations, systems, supply chain, and technical service heads, hold responsibility for these environmental issues. A governance structure is also in place at the store level, with assigned roles and responsibilities, to ensure that environmental issues or concerns are addressed.
To stay abreast of environmental issues, we will consult with stakeholders regularly and take action when material environmental concerns arise. We will also work on increasing the environmental awareness of our stakeholders for the benefit of the communities, the Company, and the planet.
We will keep stakeholders updated on our environmental performance as well as on developments regarding environmental issues through our succeeding sustainability reports which will be published annually. We are working towards formalizing these commitments via an environmental policy to be approved by senior management as we aim to successfully manage our impact to the environment.
Our Scope 11 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions in 2018 amounted to an estimated total of 26,500 tonnes2, accounting for 18.6% and 81.4% of our total GHG emissions respectively. Our GHG intensity for 2018, on the other hand, is at 0.78 tonnes per square meter. Moving forward, we seek to optimize our monitoring system for our emissions.
1 Gas computations are based on restaurant gas expenses. 79% of the restaurant bills for 2018 were accounted for in the computations. We calculated per-restaurant average values for restaurants with incomplete data.
2 Calculations were based on IPCC 2006 Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories.
Our total electricity consumption in 2018 amounted to 30,274,289 kWh3. While our restaurant operations expanded in 2018, we have managed to reduce our electricity intensity across all our stores by 4%.
Since 2016, we have started implementing energy efficient technologies to a number of our stores. This has resulted into anaverage energy savings of 10.53%. As of 2018, we have installed thermalinsulation in 10 stores, consequently lowering carbon emissions by 372 metric tonnes for the year. We are currentlyproposing to extend this to 27 more branches in the future.
3 Calculations for electricity consumption were based on monthly restaurant bills. For 2017 calculations, data was available for 113 restaurants (91.9%). However, only 689/1356 of total monthly bills for 2016 were accounted for (51%). For 2018 calculations, data was available for 130 restaurants (97%). 1311/1560 of total monthly bills for 2018 were accounted for (84%). Restaurants with lacking or incomplete data were filled with per-restaurant average values computed from the available data.
In 2018, our total water consumption amounted to 341,405 cubic meters, higher than 2017’s 329,512 cubic meters4. With our efforts of being efficient with our operations, we’re able to decrease our water intensity from 10.13 m3/sqm to 10.03 m3/sqm, or by 1%.
4 Water computations were based on monthly water bills. 74% of restaurant bills in 2017 were accounted for while 76% of restaurant bills in 2018 were accounted for. We calculated for per-restaurant average values for restaurants with lacking or incomplete data.
Packaging & Waste
Packaging is an integral part of our business as it enables us to deliver our food to our guests while preserving food quality and freshness. As part of our commitment to sustainability, we are seeking for ways to reduce our environmental impact in this area.
Last May 2019, PIZZA signed an agreement in push to be “plastic neutral” by 2020. The Company, alongside Republic Cement, has agreed to co-process non-specific, recovered post-consumer plastic waste, offsetting the amount of plastic produced with an equivalent amount of post-consumer plastics and converting these to energy as an alternative fuel in producing cement.
In January 2020, PIZZA marked itsfirst year of being “100% plastic-neutral”.