Daily Archives: May 5, 2009

Environmental practices - British American Tobacco

Good environmental practices are fundamental for organisations like British American Tobacco, whose raw materials come principally from the natural world – for us, this is either from the tobacco plant or from wood as a raw material for paper and packaging.
It makes good economic and environmental sense to use raw materials, energy and water in a sustainable way and theyrecognise that they must maintain a clear strategic approach to managing our environmental footprint.
For many years, BAT have implemented environmental management systems across our operations and we seek to adhere to principles of sustainable development. As a result, they have made good progress in reducing the impacts of our direct resource use. BAT also increasingly recognise the need to give greater consideration to understanding the indirect impacts of our resource use. This will not only help us to better address our environmental footprint, but will also help to plan for more sustainable resource use within business.
Work with the British American Tobacco Biodiversity Partnership has enabled to make good progress in understanding our impacts on biodiversity. They have also made headway in understanding the potential implications of climate change for our business. However, they  recognise that need to do more to fully understand and develop strategies to address the wider impacts of resource use.
As a result, the focus of our environmental programme for business falls under three themes:
- Excellence in environmental management;
- Addressing concerns around climate
change; and
- Managing our impact on biodiversity.
What are we doing about it?
Excellence in environmental management
- Our key environmental measures
demonstrate improved performance over
recent years in energy use, water use,
waste to landfill and recycling. However,
there has been a small increase in our
CO2 equivalent and energy use in 2008
compared with 2007;
- We have continued to manage our impacts
through environmental management
systems based on ISO 14001 and to set
objectives through annual environmental
assessments carried out by each of our
companies; and
- We undertook dialogue with our key
stakeholders to establish if our current
environmental agenda is appropriate
in terms of our impacts and external
stakeholder expectations.
Addressing concerns around
climate change
- We have published on www.bat.com
a summary of our approach to reducing
our carbon footprint; and
- We have piloted an energy efficiency
assessment tool for our factories. We are
continuing to implement local and
regional initiatives to help us meet our
CO2 targets.
Managing our impact on biodiversity
- We have developed additional training
on biodiversity for our leaf managers;
- We have developed measures for
managing and reporting on our
biodiversity impacts; and
- Through the Biodiversity Partnership,
a global risk map has been developed
to help in the planning and execution
of our biodiversity risk assessments.

Collaborations with tobacco suppliers

In 2008, we established a number of collaborations with our materials suppliers as part of our Life Cycle Analysis work, including carrying out sustainability studies with several suppliers of components such as packaging, printing materials, tow and carbon (both tow and carbon are
used in cigarette filters).
Collating data, measuring impacts and gaining a more detailed understanding of each process has led to positive results. For example, the replace fossil fuel derived carbon with renewable by-product derived carbon. By better understanding the process steps, we were able to eliminate a step when it was found to be redundant, creating both environmental and financial benefits.

$1.4M haul of cigarettes sets record

Federal agents from Cornwall have made the biggest illegal cigarette bust in Smugglers’ Alley history, a $1.4-million haul of more than 13 million black market smokes.

Smoking ban gets hearing with little notice

State Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Waunakee) has given the public barely 24 hours notice before holding a hearing on a bill to ban smoking that is suddenly racing through the Legislature.

Don’t forget Lorillard’s impact on Greensboro

Over the last several weeks, the following articles and editorials were published in the News & Record: “No-smoking bill heads to House floor”; “Tobacco’s troubles” (March 29); “Time to clear the air” (April 1); “House gives smoking ban tentative OK” (April 2); “Smokers fret as House OKs smoking ban”.

Nomination Tests Antilobbyist Policy

President Barack Obama says lobbyists won’t run his administration, but he picked an antitobacco lobbyist with ties to the pharmaceutical industry as the No. 2 official at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Asean Countries Home To 125 Million Smokers

For the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (Seatca), smoke is getting into its eyes, so to speak.

Young people want tobacco put out of sight in shops

Almost two thirds (64 per cent) of 11 to 16 year olds want cigarettes put out of sight in shops. Only 16 per cent do not agree with the proposal. Researchers interviewed more than 1,400 youngsters from across the UK.

Dallas enforces smoking ban

Three weeks and roughly 50 citations into Dallas’ ban on bar smoking, the air isn’t the only thing getting clearer.