In this section, we provide information on our aims, performance and future plans for continually reducing the environmental impact of protein production.

We update our objectives and report on performance each year. Click on the sections below to learn about our progress in the financial year that ended on 30 June 2017 and the plans we are pursuing for 2017-18.

2016/17 plans
  • Continue Genus PIC’s external audits, to cover 80% of animals on owned sites
  • Improve feed efficiency by 0.02kg of feed per kg of pork
2016/17 performance
  • Completed external audits of Genus PIC’s waste management systems on 80% of animals on owned sites
  • Used waste from the PIC genetic nuclei as commercial fertiliser
  • Met the targeted improvement in feed efficiency of 0.02kg of feed per kg of pork
2017/18 plans
  • Maintain scope and measures of PIC audits on owned production, including 80% of owned sites
  • Improve feed efficiency by 0.02kg of feed per kg of pork
  • Develop beef genetics that improve feed efficiency, measured through the in-house Genetic Nucleus (GN) selection index
Greenhouse Gases


Our GHG emissions are primarily methane produced by our animals and carbon dioxide (‘CO2’) from consuming fuel and other materials, and transport. Our primary intensity ratio is based on animal weight, which is a key driver of our GHG emissions. Our secondary intensity ratio is based on turnover.

Our primary intensity ratio includes emissions which are impacted mainly by the number and age of animals but also by emissions from our direct distribution and travel. Animal weight reduced by 2,500 tonnes, driven by exiting owned farms in the US and China, and emissions reduced as a result. However, emissions from other sources such as direct distribution remained constant and as a result the primary intensity ratio increased. Our secondary intensity ratio was stable year to year.


We use operational control as our reporting approach. We have determined and reported the emissions we are responsible for within this boundary and believe there are no material omissions. GHG data is therefore reported for assets, which are mainly rented or leased, that are otherwise not referred to elsewhere in the financial statements. We omitted JVs and some livestock held at third-parties due to our limited authority to introduce and implement operating policies.

Emissions from 2016 Tonnes of CO2e 2015 Tonnes of CO2e
Scope 1 — combustion of fuel, livestock emissions and direct distribution
and travel
64,655 68,562
Scope 2 — electricity, steam, heat and cooling purchased 16,798 22,569
Total scope 1 and 2 81,453 91,131
Scope 3 — material usage and waste and indirect distribution and travel 28,433 21,160
Total emissions 109,886 112,291
Primary intensity measure – Animal weight (tonne) 10,249 12,723
Secondary intensity measure – Turnover (£m) 388.3 398.5
Primary intensity ratio – Scope 1 and 2 (tCO2e/tonne
animal weight)
7.95 7.16
Secondary intensity ratio – Scope 1, 2 and 3 (tCO2e/£m turnover) 283 282

 Annual emissions figures have been calculated based on actual ten-month data for July to April extrapolated to full year.


  • World Resources Institute/World Business Council for Sustainable Development 
  • ‘The Greenhouse Gas Protocol: A Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard’
  • DEFRA ‘Guidance on how to measure and report your greenhouse gas emissions’
  • DEFRA ‘Environmental Reporting Guidelines: Including mandatory greenhouse gas emissions reporting guidance


  • IPCC ‘Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories’
  • DEFRA/DECC ‘Conversion Factors for Company Reporting’

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