Camelot, the operator of the UK National Lottery, has become the first lottery in the world to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard. The certification recognises Camelot’s ongoing achievements in reducing greenhouse gas emissions year on year, which were lowered by 4.6% in absolute terms between 2012 and 2014. The reductions achieved were a result of improvements in energy efficiency, as well as a focus on reducing the emissions from the company’s transport fleet.
Financial savings have also been made by reducing energy costs and carbon emissions, and are helping to further reinforce Camelot’s status as most the cost-efficient major lottery in Europe – with around 4% of total revenue spent on operating costs. This approach also ties in with Camelot’s objective to maximise returns to National Lottery Good Causes through selling tickets in a socially-responsible way, which sees the company deliver, on average, over £33 million each week to the Good Causes.
As part of its environmental sustainability activity, Camelot has implemented a number of innovative energy efficiency programmes across its estate. Initiatives have included installing voltage optimisers and automatic lighting in all its offices, as well as automatic timers on meeting room heating and cooling controls. LED lighting and sensors have been fitted in the company’s warehouse in Watford, and are currently being rolled out to its distribution centre in Northampton.
In terms of energy management, Camelot set up an Energy Team – consisting of members from a number of relevant departments across the business and an external consultant from energy monitoring platform, Building Sustainability – which meets regularly to monitor current energy use patterns and identify possible future projects. To help with this, energy trackers have been installed in many of Camelot’s offices, allowing the Energy Team to track energy usage and pinpoint areas of high consumption for future action.
Likewise, a commitment to ensuring that vehicles in company’s sales fleet are as low carbon as possible has led to average carbon dioxide emissions of 110 grams per kilometre, making it one of the greenest fleets operated by Camelot’s provider – the average emissions for a new UK car are 128.3 grams per kilometre. The company also ensures that it procures all its energy on renewable energy tariffs.
Outside of its work on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Camelot takes a broader perspective on sustainability. This is done by reducing use of resources and waste as far as possible, as well as maximising recycling rates and using more sustainable alternatives, such as FSC-certified paper, for lottery tickets. Progress is reviewed regularly, and stakeholders are actively encouraged to adopt technologies and practices that will improve their own environmental performance.
Darran Messem, Managing Director of Certification at the Carbon Trust, said: “Camelot deserves to be praised for taking a leadership role by obtaining independent certification to the Carbon Trust Standard. This proves that a responsible gaming company can also be environmentally responsible, setting an example to the wider industry. Camelot’s achievements show that a focus on cutting carbon can deliver real operational efficiencies and cost savings to the business, at the same time as continuing raise money for good causes.”
Andy Duncan, Managing Director of Camelot UK Lotteries Limited, said: “We are hugely proud to be the first lottery in the world to have our achievements in carbon reduction recognised by being awarded the Carbon Trust Standard. Reducing energy consumption is not just good for the environment; it has enabled us to become even more efficient as a business, saving resources and money. As operator of the UK National Lottery, our overarching objective is to maximise returns to Good Cause projects, so it is imperative that we also act in a responsible way in our own operations. By setting an example, we hope to inspire others in the gaming industry, both in the UK and further afield, to take similar levels of action in the future.”
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