at-a-glance 2022


In 2022 we made significant progress against a number of key metrics. This progress demonstrates the strength of our commitment and our environmental management system.

In this section, we outline some of our progress to date.


Diversion from landfill



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renewable electricty powered operations in 2022


reduction in Lost Time Accident

Reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions

Reduction GHG intensity

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Key activities in 2022

  • Undertaking detailed Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions mapping.
  • Validated targets with the SBTi.
  • Reducing scope 1 emission by 18% from 2021.
  • Reducing Scope 2 emission to 0% with 100% renewable electricity transition.
  • Exploring Scope 3 reductions through new, lower-carbon products and lower-carbon supplies.

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Reduction of emissions since 2019

In 2022, we reduced Scope 1 emissions by 18% vs 2021. Our Scope 2 emissions accounted for 0.02% of our emission footprint. During the year we successfully transitioned 100% of Vita sites to renewable electricity. One site within our portfolio purchases steam, which accounted for 199 tCO2e during the reporting period - this site will have an EAC in place for 2023 to ensure our scope 2 emissions are bought down to 0tCO2e. Our reported Scope 3 GHG emissions have increased by 9% from 2021 even though production volumes were down from the previous year. The data reported is based on the ‘WRI Scope 3 Evaluator Tool’ which is recognised by the SBTi and is useful in screening value chain emissions.

Scope 1 emissions data


Scope 2 emissions data


Scope 3 emissions data


Scope 1 + 2 emissions data


22% reduction in Scope 1 emissions since 2019

99.99% Scope 2 emission reduction since 2019

60% Scope 3 emissions increase from 2019 spend data based

43% of Scope 1 + 2 emission reduction

Material use, waste and by-product materials

In 2022, we produced 17,168 tonnes of trim, bought back 8,254 tonnes of trim from our customers and generated 2,635 tonnes of general waste. Of the combined total we consumed 100% of trim both from our own sites and that brought back from customers. From the general waste total 2% was sent to landfill, 6% was converted to energy, 2% was incinerated and 1% was treated hazardous waste. During 2022, 31 of our sites sent zero waste to landfill.

Waste and by-product materials recovered, recycled or treated

% of waste

In 2022, 98% of our waste was recovered, recycled or treated.

Waste and by-product materials
sent to landfill

% of waste

In 2022, approximately 2% of our waste was sent to landfill.

Hazardous waste materials produced (and subsequently treated)

% of waste

In 2022, 1% of our waste volume was treated as hazardous.

Greenhouse Gas intensity


Absolute data from different years provides a useful measure of impact scale, but our GHG intensity is more meaningful, particularly as we optimise our footprint. We express intensity by taking the total GHG emissions from Scopes 1 and 2, and dividing them by the total weight of products produced during the year. We have separated out the GHG intensity by Scope so that we can monitor progress on the emissions we control (Scopes 1 and 2) as we work with our suppliers on Scope 3 reductions. Our GHG intensity figures since the 2019 baseline has reduced by 43%, demonstrating Vita’s progress with energy efficiency, renewable electricity transitioning and transportation outsourcing. These figures can be seen in the table on the left.

Gender balance progress (UK)

In 2022, we saw women entering the workplace increase to its highest level since 2019. We also saw a positive shift in the upper pay quartile within the UK, demonstrating a positive increase of female representation in senior roles Vita currently only reports gender pay information for our UK business.

At the Group level, our number of senior female leaders increased from 23.7% to 24.3% from 2020.

Gender split across the Group

Like many companies, Vita saw a lower participation of females in the workforce through COVID. The number of senior female leaders, however, remained constant.




Over the next three years

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  • We will continue to monitor our Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions.
  • We will invest in energy efficiency programmes including electricity, gas and process emissions-focused improvement activities.
  • We will continue to work with suppliers to switch products to lower-carbon materials.
  • We will attribute greater weight to sustainability performance when assessing suppliers, including actions to reduce their GHG emissions.
  • We will continue to decrease our Scope 1 and 2 emissions and work towards our Scope 3 reduction target of 13% by 2030.
  • Run water usage reduction projects to minimise waste and leakage from the system.

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