Questions about Apollo's Sustainability as a Company
Do you have a strategy for working towards net zero carbon initiatives and targets?
Annually measure Apollo's carbon footprint across all 3 scopes and for select products.
42% reductions in Scope 1 & 2 by 2030 and Net Zero by 2040
•Sustain 100% renewable energy and increase 7% energy productivity annually.
Net Zero for Scope 3 by 2050.
Short term scope 3 goals:
•By EFY24-25, enlist suppliers representing 80% spend in sustainability program.
•15% reduction in logistics emissions by EFY24-25 compared to FY 19-20 baseline.
•Integrate sustainability and circular principles into all new product design
•Track product carbon footprint
Read about it on A Responsible Business (apollo-fire.co.uk) and Key Sustainability Commitments & Progress (apollo-fire.co.uk) or if you have further questions contact us.
Can you give examples of working towards net zero carbon initiatives and targets?
We have launched a supplier sustainability program with High engagement on introductory webinar, with 1/3 of suppliers now on EcoVadis. Average scores exceeding targets.
We manufacturer with 100% renewable energy and have energy efficiency measures such as LED lighting.
Read more on A Responsible Business (apollo-fire.co.uk) and Key Sustainability Commitments & Progress (apollo-fire.co.uk) or if you have further questions contact us.
Do you hold any ISO accreditations or environmental standards/certificates?
Do you have a responsible sourcing policy or undertake responsible sourcing activities?
We have a supplier sustainability program, for which we are utilising tools such as EcoVadis.
Do you monitor your carbon emissions/carbon footprint?
Yes, we are measuring our carbon footprint annually for internal purposes. Our carbon footprint is also included as part of our parent company (halma plc) carbon foot print reported annually. Sustainability – Halma plc
Do you offset?
No, we are concentrating on decarbonising with net zero targets rather than offsetting.
Can you give examples of how you are embracing the circular economy?
We are proud to send zero to landfill from our Havant manufacturing and office. We also have been working on reducing paper waste by removing paper installation guides and converting to QR codes. Read more here.
Questions about Sustainability and Apollo's Products
Do you measure your products carbon footprint?
Our engineers have conducted a full Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) on key products so that we understand their carbon footprint and have been able to make plans to reduce it.
To communicate this with customers:
To find our product’s operational carbon please view the products data sheet which communicates the electricity consumption (current and voltage) and can therefore be used alongside the building/ locations relevant emission factor to calculate the operational carbon.
To communicate our products' embodied carbon impact, we provide TM65 forms, which are industry-standard documents for such purposes. If you require a carbon footprint of a product for a project, please contact us.
Can you give examples of working to lower operational and embodied carbon?
Operational carbon: in fire detectors this is very low, in its ten years it is a little as what an energy efficient Led produces in two weeks.
Embodied carbon: To reduce embodied carbon we have initiated a supplier sustainability program allowing us to collaborate with sustainable suppliers and decarbonizing the supply chain. We have developed a sustainability checklist for design engineers to use during new product development meaning lower carbon and circular considerations happen during future product design. Additionally, we manufacturer with renewable energy and energy-efficient practices and are minimising waste lowering a products embodied carbon.
Recycled or Renewable content, is there any?
We are transitioning to recycled packaging and have commenced research into the product material. We already allow up to 25% regrind material from post moulding waste into some of our products.
Recycling products at end of life?
We are currently researching closed loop recycling but in the meantime our products can be recycled though the WEEE program (link)
Can you give examples of how you are embracing the circular economy?
- Started to convert paper Installation Guides to QR codes.
- We are designing out waste where possible eg our engineers made a big sustainability win last year by redesigning a PCB, reducing material usage by 57% and waste by 85%.
- Projects underway to convert packaging to recycled materials with some reusable totage in use.
- Research project into product materials.
Sustainability Glossary of Terms
Eliminating all greenhouse gas emissions, resulting in no impact on global warming. This is seen as near impossible for manufacturers meaning that net zero is the gold standard target.
Bioplastic is a type of plastic material derived from renewable sources, such as plants, starches, or agricultural by-products, rather than fossil fuels like traditional plastics (e.g., petroleum-based plastics). Bioplastics can be biodegradable or non-biodegradable, depending on their composition. They are designed to reduce the environmental impact of plastic production and use, as they can be produced with fewer greenhouse gas emissions and are often considered more sustainable than conventional plastics.
Investments in projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions to compensate for one's own emissions. This market is not yet regulated and the standard of these can vary greatly.
Carbon Equivalents (CO2e)
Carbon equivalents, often expressed as CO2e, are a standardized unit used to measure and compare the global warming potential of various greenhouse gases. It allows different gases (like methane and nitrous oxide) to be expressed in terms of their equivalent impact on global warming in CO2 terms.
The carbon footprint represents the total emissions of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere due to human activities, whether direct or indirect. It serves as a measure for assessing emissions from products, services, individuals, companies, or nations. Carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) are the standard units used to quantify these emissions and represent all green house gases.
Carbon intensity measures the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions produced per unit of a specific activity or output, such as product or economic output.
Removing a significant amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, effectively reversing global warming. This can cover and scope and can be delivered with offsetting alone and no decarbonisation.
Achieving a balance between emitted and removed greenhouse gases to result in no net contribution to global warming. The standard for this is PAS2060. The required Scope of Carbon Neutral when looking at a company is scope 1 and 2 with scope 3 voluntary. Carbon neutral can be achieved with 100% offsetting and no decarbonisation, although the EU is currently looking to stop this claim.
Removing more carbon from the atmosphere than is emitted, actively reducing global warming. This can cover and scope and can be delivered with offsetting alone and no decarbonisation.
An economic model that promotes recycling, reuse, and reduction of waste to create a sustainable, closed-loop system.
Climate change refers to long-term shifts in global or regional weather patterns and temperatures. It is primarily driven by human activities, such as burning fossil fuels, deforestation, and industrial processes, which release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, leading to global warming and resulting in various environmental impacts.
Closed-loop recycling, also known as closed-loop manufacturing or closed-loop systems, involves recycling materials back into the same product or system from which they were collected. The recycled materials maintain their quality and functionality, and the process reduces the need for virgin resources. Closed-loop recycling is often associated with higher sustainability and resource efficiency.
The carbon emissions associated with the production, transportation, and disposal of a product or material.
EPD (Environmental Product Declaration)
A comprehensive document providing standardized information on a product's environmental performance based on an LCA of the product. The standard for this document is normally EN15804+a2.
stands for Environmental, Social, and Governance. It's a framework used to assess a company's sustainability and ethical practices. This includes evaluating its environmental impact, social responsibility, and governance structure.
The GHG Protocol, short for Greenhouse Gas Protocol, is a widely recognized and standardized framework for businesses and organizations to measure and manage their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It provides a comprehensive set of guidelines and tools for quantifying and reporting emissions, helping entities understand and reduce their environmental impact. The GHG Protocol is widely used as a foundational resource for developing corporate and governmental greenhouse gas inventories, emissions reduction targets, and sustainability strategies.
Scope 1, 2, and 3: Categories used to classify greenhouse gas emissions.
Scope 1: Direct emissions from owned or controlled sources (e.g., gas boilers and company vehicles).
Scope 2: Indirect emissions from purchased electricity, heating, or cooling.
Scope 3: Indirect emissions from the entire value chain, from purchased goods and services right though to end of life of a products.
Green Building Certificates
Recognitions for buildings meeting specific sustainability and environmental criteria. Notable examples include LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) from the U.S. Green Building Council, BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) widely used in the UK, and others like green star, living building challeng and well, each with its own set of guidelines and principles for assessing recognising sustainable building practices.
Green claims code
The UK Green Claims Code provides guidance to businesses on how to comply with consumer protection laws when making environmental claims. It outlines key principles, provides examples, and explains the legal framework but does not cover every possible situation, and businesses are ultimately responsible for ensuring compliance with the law.
Misleading or false claims about a product or company's environmental sustainability to appear more eco-friendly than they actually are, this can be accidental as well as done on purpose.
LCA (Life Cycle Assessment)
A comprehensive evaluation of a product's environmental impact throughout its life, from production to disposal. This normally follows standards such as iSO14040, ISO14044.
LETI (London Energy Transformation Initiative)
LETI is a collaborative group of built environment professionals in London, UK, focused on addressing climate change and sustainability challenges in the construction and building industry. They work to develop sustainable and energy-efficient solutions and guidance for buildings. They found MEP services account for up to 15% of the embodied carbon associated with projects (LETI Embodied Carbon Primer, 2020).
Location-Based vs. Market-Based
Two methods of calculating carbon emissions. Location-based considers where emissions occur, while market-based considers emissions based on purchased energy.
Balancing the amount of greenhouse gases emitted with an equivalent amount removed from the atmosphere, resulting in no net emissions. For Net Zero means a 90% decarbonisation before you offset any emissions. The required scope of Net zero includes scopes 1,2 and 3.
In open-loop recycling, materials are collected and recycled into different products or materials with a different function than their original purpose. The recycled materials don't go back into the same product from which they were collected. This process often results in downcycling, where the quality or value of the recycled material decreases.
Carbon emissions produced during the daily use and maintenance of a building or product.
Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin, certificates proving the renewable origin of energy.
A tool created by CIBSE used in the construction industry to estimate embodied carbon when Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) are unavailable as is currently the case for fire detection and fire safety systems. These are produced by the manufacturer and the tool is used to estimate the embodied carbon in the product.
UNSDGs (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals)
A set of global goals addressing various sustainability challenges.
WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)
Regulations governing the disposal and recycling of electronic waste.
Zero to Landfill
A sustainability initiative aiming to divert all waste from landfills through recycling, composting, or waste-to-energy processes.
The target global temperature increase limit set by the Paris Agreement to mitigate the worst effects of climate change.