BY DISTRIBUTION SCOPE AND SCALE

Not surprisingly, business units with larger, sparser customer distributions and greater integration (backward to terminals, forward to cylinders), report higher per-tonne-LPG footprints than those with smaller, denser distributions and less integration. Given the current dataset, these relationships are impossible to quantify precisely, but this will be done in future.

A higher or lower per-tonne footprint should not, however, be necessarily interpreted as a less-efficient or more-efficient business unit. These factors – scope and scale – tend to predominate, and as such are not measures of operational efficiency.