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Corporate responsibility

Protecting the environment

Environment

Rightmove actively considers its environmental impact and we are conscious of playing our part in tackling climate change. Rightmove reduces the need for print media and the environmental damage that goes with it. Rightmove takes care to design the layout of property particulars to reduce the total number of pages that need to be printed out in those cases where a home hunter does want a physical copy.

Enhanced information on properties also reduces the amount of time home hunters waste in visiting properties that rapidly turn out to be inappropriate. As a high proportion of viewings involve a car journey, any reduction in wasted viewings has an environmental benefit. Rightmove has worked hard to increase the number and size of photographs of each property, improved the size and added functionality to property floor plans and has introduced more comprehensive map searches and aerial photographs which help home hunters to identify the specific location of a property. Rightmove has added information on which schools are closest to the properties listed and the broadband speed for the area, all of which combined, provides high quality information about properties, to reduce the carbon footprint generated by prospective buyers making wasted journeys.

The Rightmove platforms include functionality for our customers to display Energy Performance Certificates which allow prospective buyers to evaluate the energy efficiency of a property they are considering buying and to identify opportunities to improve the energy efficiency once they have purchased the property.

As an internet-based Group with most staff employed in two office locations, we believe our own environmental footprint is small. We encourage our staff to take steps to address our environmental responsibilities. For instance, we continue to operate recycling schemes which were established in consultation with local authorities and recycling partners. All waste bins were removed from the desks in our London and Milton Keynes offices which encourages and increases the amount of recycling we do.

As an operator of an online property portal, the main environmental impact is the power usage of our data centres. Our procurement policy is to purchase hardware with the best computational performance which uses the least electrical power.

We encourage our employees to use alternatives to car travel, by promoting the use of public transport in particular when travelling between our two office locations and by encouraging participation in our Cycle to Work scheme.  In 2016 we also introduced the option for staff entitled to a company car to select hybrid electric cars as an alternative to petrol or diesel engines.

In 2016, our fuel card provider, Allstar, again partnered with Forest Carbon to capture the CO2 emissions from our fleet of company cars and turn it into new UK woodlands, under the Allstar Ecopoint scheme. We pay an amount per month per car to capture the CO2 from each vehicle and with that Forest Carbon plant woodlands that are quality assured by the Governments’ Woodland Carbon Code to offset the emissions from each vehicle. We are provided with an e-certificate annually which shows us how many trees have been planted for us, as well as their location and how much CO2 they are expected to capture

Greenhouse gas reporting

The Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors’ Report) Regulations 2013 requires all UK quoted companies to report on their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which are classified as either direct or indirect and which are divided further into Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 emissions.

Direct GHG emissions are emissions from sources that are owned or controlled by Rightmove. Indirect GHG emissions are emissions that are a consequence of the activities of the Group but that occur at sources owned or controlled by other entities.

Scope 1 emissions: Direct emissions controlled by the Group arising from Company cars. Whilst the cars are leased, we are responsible for the emissions and therefore we report these under Scope 1.

Scope 2 emissions: Indirect emissions attributable to the Group due to its consumption of purchased electricity.

Scope 3 emissions: Other indirect emissions associated with activities that support or supply the Group’s operations, we include emissions arising from our third party run data centres.

The Group is required to report Scope 1 and 2 emissions for its reporting year to 31 December 2016. Scope 3 is not yet mandatory, however the Group has again chosen to report Scope 3 emissions as it relates to electricity used in data centres, in which the Group rents space to house and operate various servers, which host our website platforms. 

Rightmove emissions by scope:

Tonnes CO2e(1) Tonnes CO2e(1)
Scope Source 2016 2015
Scope 1 Company cars 486 492
Scope 2 Electricity 323 342
Scope 3 Outsourced – data centres 298 221
Total   1,107 1,055

(1)UK emissions factors have been used for all data. All emission factors have been selected from the emissions conversion factors published annually by Defra

https://www.gov.uk/measuring-and-reporting-environmental-impacts-guidance-for-businesses

The increase in emissions from our outsourced data centres was due to a new, larger facility coming online during the year.

Emissions have also been calculated using an ‘intensity metric’, which will enable the Group to monitor how well we are controlling emissions on an annual basis, independent of fluctuations in the levels of their activity. As Rightmove is a ‘people’ business, the most suitable metric is ‘Emissions per Employee’, based on the average number of employees during the year. The Group’s emissions per employee are shown in the table below.

Emissions per Employee:

Tonnes CO2e
Per Employee(1)
Tonnes CO2e
Per Employee(1)
Scope Source 2016 2015
Scope 1 Company cars 1.0 1.2
Scope 2 Electricity 0.7 0.8
Scope 3 Outsourced – data centres 0.7 0.6
Total   2.4 2.6

(1)Based on 466 (2015: 412) employees taken as the average number of employees in the Group throughout the year.

Emissions per employee have declined year on year due to an increase in headcount in areas which have not had a proportionate impact on emissions, such as the use of company cars or running the outsourced data centres. We will continue to monitor and look for ways to improve energy efficiency.