Proactive approach to environmental sustainability

Although the direct activities of the Group are judged to have a low environmental impact, we understand that unless urgent action is taken to limit global temperatures to 2C (35.6F) above pre-industrial levels, climate change presents significant and systemic risks.

We are therefore working towards setting an emissions reduction target in line with global commitments to avoid catastrophic climate change.

We set an interim target in 2017 to reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 10% compared to 2016. We over-achieved this target with our absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions having decreased by 17% since 2016, and 35% since 2015 (using the market-based Scope 2 accountancy method).

In 2017 Inmarsat achieved a CDP (formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project) score of B, maintaining our performance from 2016 and demonstrating that we are managing our environmental impact, as well as climate change-related business risks and opportunities.

Our mission is to adopt and support the following principles:

  • Provide first-class energy and environmental management practices
  • Comply with all relevant global environmental legislation and regulatory controls ›Identify significant environmental and social impacts and establish objectives and targets for improvement
  • In our main UK site, recycle a minimum of 90% of generated waste and to constantly review the opportunity to use recycled products
  • Actively encourage the conservation of energy, water and natural resources through the increased efficiency and introduction of new and modern technology
  • Encourage all employees to be proactive in their daily activities by separating their waste into dry and wet waste receptacles
  • Ensure that printer cartridges are recycled
  • Switch off lights, computers, phone chargers and any other electrical items when not in use
  • Reduce business travel and using more site-based technology such as video and audio conferencing
  • Replace inefficient building lighting with LED technology

Mitigating space debris

As a satellite operator, Inmarsat has adopted the highest industry standards for mitigating space debris, including end-of-life graveyard manoeuvre plans for the disposal of satellites when they reach the end of their commercial life.

Our final Inmarsat-2 satellite was deorbited in 2014, in full compliance with the relevant International Telecommunication Union (ITU) standards. We deorbited a satellite we operated for an Asian partner in early 2015.

We operate our satellites in geosynchronous orbit, which is approximately 36,000km above the Earth. This orbit has significantly less debris than a low earth orbit, which is approximately 700km above the earth and where several MSS operators have their satellite constellations.

We are a founding member of the Space Data Association (SDA), along with satellite operators Intelsat, SES and Eutelsat. By sharing data critical to the integrity of the space environment, we aim to make space operations safer and more reliable.