For the second year in a row, SHV Energy has measured its corporate carbon footprint. This is believed to be the largest footprint-exercise ever conducted within the LPG-distribution industry. Some 1,500 sets of data for 2013 operations were collected from more than 20 business units, then compiled, computed and compared to their 2012 benchmark.
The total carbon footprint of SHV Energy’s LPGdistribution operations, in 2013, is calculated to be 485.000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2). This equates to a unit footprint of 83 kilogrammes of CO2 per tonne of LPG sold to third parties. On an equivalent-volume basis, the 2013 total footprint is 0.1% lower than that of 2012.
Our core business is the onshore marketing and distribution of LPG. To improve transparency in our carbon reporting we have redefined our scope in 2013 based on our major function: LPG distribution from terminal to delivered tank. In the SHV Energy 2012 footprint we defined our scope of operations differently, as the supply footprint (transport from remote production locations) was included.
To ensure like for like comparison, the 2012 performance has been adjusted accordingly. Now we have separated these two functions. LPG distribution from terminal to delivered tank is a better reflection of the fundamental structure of the LPG business. In addition it is a better fit to the definitions used by carbon-footprint and sustainability analysts.
Also, in its 2013 reporting exercise, SHV Energy for the first time collected data on the water consumption of all its business units. This will be used as a benchmark and presented in the 2014 report.
The first subsection of this chapter presents the LPGdistribution footprint in detail. The second compares 2013 to 2012, and the final subsection discusses the footprint of other SHV Energy operations.