Our Planet

Our Vision

Our environmental vision is to operate with the minimum practicable environmental impact and be the leading innovator of environmental benefits in our industry.

We continually seek to reduce the environmental impacts and the associated costs of our operations worldwide and our Group and European environmental policies are available online.

The Planet section of our Sustainability Report details our environmental performance over the last three years, including our work to mitigate these impacts. Below are some of our key performance indicators for 2010.

Green House Gas Emissions

The Group continually seeks to reduce the environmental impact of its operations. In 2007, we defined our carbon footprint as those primary activities over which we have direct control - Premier Farnell’s carbon footprint therefore includes all of our activities from the receipt of products into our warehouses to their despatch to customers, including the production of catalogues and marketing material, our use and the disposal of packaging and the energy required to operate our facilities.

We report our global energy consumption based on the January-December calendar year. With facilities located around the world, we receive invoice data from utility companies at differing times and in order to ensure we provide comparable data globally we set the cut-off point at December. As we increase the coverage of energy metering across our businesses, we expect to see our capability to report in real-time improve and we will then be able to align our energy consumption reporting with the financial (February to January) year.


Type of energy consumed

Total amount used ('000) Unit Rate (Total used/£1000
of sales)

Electricity (KwH)

31,123 32

Natural Gas (cubic metres)

1,283 1.3

Propane (kilogrammes)

7 0.01

Fuel Oil (litres)

7 0.0

Petrol for company cars/trucks (litres)

228 0.2

Diesel Fuel (litres)

192 0.2

Employee Business Travel

Petrol for rented cars/trucks (litres)

361 0.4


Metric tonnes CO2 emitted Metric tonnes CO2/£1000 of sales


23,165 0.024

GHG emissions from business travel

As a global business, our employees are required to work with internal and external contacts. We take advantage of videoconferencing and other virtual meeting tools where possible; however we recognise that there are times when it is necessary to travel in order to meet the needs of the business. Business travel is reported on the January 2010 to December 2010 calendar year to align with our GHG emissions reporting. As a result of changing our UK travel provider, we do not have data for UK-originating travel for October 2010. We therefore expect that the figures reported here are lower than our actual distance travelled and resultant CO2 emissions for 2010.


Short Haul Air

Long Haul Air



Distance (km)





CO2 emissions (tonnes)





Waste produced by our operations

Our business activities involve the unpacking of large quantities of products from our suppliers in our distribution centres, as well as the use of a large quantity of office stationery in our sales, marketing and administration centres.

We work to reduce the amount of waste that our facilities generate, and simultaneously to ensure that an increasing percentage of waste is recycled. As a distributor of electronic components, we have developed a policy to ensure that electronic waste is correctly disposed of.



Waste sent to landfill        


Of which was Hazardous    


Waste recycled


Of which was Hazardous


Total waste generate


% waste recycled





Waste disposed per £1,000 sales


Waste recycled per £1,000 sales


Paper consumed in production of catalogues

Paper catalogues remain an important marketing channel between us and our customers. We ship approximately two million catalogues per year worldwide, and recognise that this is a significant environmental impact. We offer additional options to customers who prefer a catalogue experience, including application-specific microsites and portals, as well as digital versions of our printed catalogue available both online and on CD and, in FY2012, we will offer an iPad-optimised digital catalogue to customers also. We work to reduce the weight of paper used in each catalogue, and to use sustainability certified paper stocks where this is possible. A detailed breakdown of our catalogue paper consumption is available in our Sustainability Report


We are proud to be a member of the Prince’s May Day network – demonstrating our commitment to the environment, and recognising our effort on climate change