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Carbon Emissions

Super Group has been classified by the JSE as having an overall low environmental impact because it is involved in Support Services in its evaluation for the SRI Index.

However, the Group continues to focus on environmentally friendly business practices. Many of these initiatives make good business sense in that they form part of the Group’s continuing drive to improve efficiencies. The new development at Super Park has included energy efficient lighting, solar electricity generation and heating and the re-use of waste water for the Truck Wash. The Group is also embarking on a project to replace office lights with LED lights for further electricity saving. The results of these initiatives is seen in the 11.87% reduction in carbon emissions for the historically reported businesses in the table below.

The Group continues to ensure that its vehicles are properly maintained and not overloaded. Along with continuous driver training, this ensures that carbon emissions from all vehicles meet manufacturers’ specifications. Unfortunately the Group has no control over the Fuel Emission Standards. Currently South African fuel complies with “Euro-2 Standards”. Europe is on “Euro-5 Standards”. It is expected that South Africa will move to the “Euro-5 Standard” by 2017.

SG Fleet has had a carbon reduction programme in place since 2008. In the period to date SG Fleet has achieved a 19% reduction in emissions measured as per 1 000 cars against a target of 20%. SG Fleet has set a target of a further 1% reduction in emissions from 2015 to 2020.

During 2014 the Group embarked on a project to review and improve its carbon data. The lessons from the previous few years were applied and acquisitions made during the previous year were included with effect from 1 July 2013. Consequently, the 2013 and 2014 figures are not directly comparable as the 2014 base is materially larger than 2013. During the 2013, 2014 and 2015 financial years ended 30 June , the Group reported that its carbon emissions were as follows:

1 July 2012
- 30 June 2013
1 July 2013
- 30 June 2014Note 1
1 July 2014
- 30 June 2015
Change FY2014
- FY2015
  CO2e tonnes CO2e tonnes CO2e tonnes %
Road Travel 77 600 209 383 216 607 3.45
Electricity 27 219 41 422 53 568 29.32
Other Note 2 4 485 910 1 307 43.63
Total 109 304 251 715 271 482 7.85
CO2e tonnes per
R1 billion turnover
10 759 17 604 16 415 (6.75)


  1. These figures included Safika Oosthuizens, Digistics, Super Rent and African Logistics for the first time.
  2. Includes electricity, generator fuel, air travel, hotels, waste and water. This figure increased in FY2015 as a result of increased international travel following the expansion into new geographical areas and the extensive use of generators in Southern Africa as a result of Eskom’s load shedding.
  3. The figures in the table do not include Allen Ford, which will be reported from 1 July 2015.

This data is used to implement programmes to control, mitigate and reduce where possible the carbon emissions used by the Group. Road travel comprises the most material element of the Group’s carbon footprint and as a result of having no control over Fuel Emission Standards, the Group does not believe there is any benefit in setting emission reduction targets. The Group recognises both the financial and environmental benefits of ongoing carbon emission reduction and will continue to look for opportunities to reduce its carbon footprint.