Climate Policy

Introduction and Scope

We want to do our bit towards the changes needed in society to address the climate emergency. With a long and illustrious history in coal and oil supply we don’t start from a great place, but we’ve put in place a range of policies to enable us to evolve. These cover the markets we serve, the activities we carry out and what we do outside our business. All this is over seen by a committee of volunteer colleagues – the Climate Crew.

The policy covers the three year period from 2019-2021. 

The markets we work in

Our connection with fossil fuels started in 1860 when the Albert Smith, (great grandfather of the current managing director) started as an office boy aged 10 at Bickershaw Colliery in Lancashire. He went on to build one of the preeminent coal supply businesses, in one of the preeminent industrial centres of the post-industrial revolution world.

At the end of the heyday of coal we moved into oil, supplying our last physical load in 1999.

During the first 20 years of the new millennium we’ve provided services for the oil markets as well as a broader range of markets. In 2015 we derived c.65% of revenues from non oil-fuel markets due to c.£1 million business in events and publishing in the renewable energy sector. Alas this activity did not survive the feed in tariff boom and bust.

During 2019 we derived 65% of revenues from petroleum fuel markets. We aim to reduce this to below 50% by 2025.

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Our business’s footprint

  • ​Measurement - Scope 3 emissions

According to the Carbon Trust, greenhouse gas emissions are categorised into three groups or 'scopes' by the most widely-used international accounting tool, the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol. Scope 1 covers direct emissions from owned or controlled sources. Scope 2 covers indirect emissions from the generation of purchased electricity, steam, heating and cooling consumed by the reporting company. Scope 3 includes all other indirect emissions that occur in a company's value chain. 

The current estimate of our Scope 1,2,3 emissions for Eleven Recruitment and A&D Publishing is shown below. 


Emission Type 


Scope 1



Scope 2



Scope 3

Train travel


Business miles


Business flights


Magazine paper


Magazine packaging


Total Carbon Emissions 2019


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The data is an estimate for 2019 and is not confirmed as benchmark data at the moment.

  • Reviewing the products and services we consume

Starting in January 2020 we will carry out a rolling programme of activities to review the services we consume and seek improvements

  • Policies

Starting in January 2020 we will develop and introduce policies across the business that can improve our carbon footprint.

Supporting external initiatives with time and money

We will spend 1% of our time and 1% of our revenues on charitable/community initiatives. The bulk of this spending will be on climate related causes. We expect to plan two all-hands volunteer days per year.


We will plan internal and external communications to encourage change.

Policy review process

We will report our progress on the policy at the end of each calendar year.