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What we do

Discover how we support the defence and security of the UK.

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Our history

Learn about our proud history and what makes up our DNA.

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Site safety and security

Read about how our sites are regulated and monitored.

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Connecting communities

Keeping you connected to what is happening at AWE

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About us

Learn more about our company and how we support the defence and security of the UK.

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Orion laser facility

Orion is one of the most powerful lasers and largest laser facilities in the UK.

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A unique national asset

We have unique nuclear expertise. We have a clear purpose and goals that set our direction.

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World-class expertise

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Working ethically

Learn about how we promote an ethical working environment.

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Freedom of Information

Find out how to make a Freedom of Information Act request.

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AWEsome education

Discover how we are supporting future generations.

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Local Liaison Committee

Find out more about the Local Liaison Committee and how they represent community interests.

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Our regulators

Read about how are sites are regulated and monitored.

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Supply chain

The supply chain is crucial to the delivery of our programme. What does it take to be a supplier.

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Local Liaison Committee

Find out more about the Local Liaison Committee and how they represent community interests.

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International partners

We seek to drive better value and efficiencies through collaborative international relationships.

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Working at AWE

Explore what it’s like to be part of our team

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Before you apply

Things to know before applying for a job.

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How to apply

Search for a role and apply online.

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Current vacancies

See if we have the perfect job for you.

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Our carbon footprint

Our carbon footprint is measured and reported annually. It calculates the amount of greenhouse gases we produce as a company.

 Annual Corporate Carbon Footprint

Our carbon footprint is made up of three different scopes, depending on the source of the carbon emissions:

Scope 1: Emissions from gas, oil, onsite fuel consumption and refrigerant gas losses
Scope 2: Emissions from electricity consumption
Scope 3: Emissions from employee commuting, business-related travel and waste and water treatment

Our performance

2009/2010 2010/2011 2011/2012 2012/2013 2013/2014
122,321 tCO2e* 123,512 tCO2e 116,494 tCO2e 121,261 tCO2e 114,426 tCO2e

 *tCO2e – carbon dioxide equivalent, all greenhouse gases are converted into carbon dioxide equivalent for standardised measurement.

Our Environmental Management System – implemented during the past five years – has helped us to reduce our carbon footprint and improve our overall carbon emission performance. It will continue to set challenging targets for further improvements in energy efficiency and site infrastructure.

The rise in ‘scope 1’ emissions during 2012 was largely due to impact of running our old and new boiler houses at the same time during the commissioning of the new one. The benefit of the new boiler house is now evident in the chart above.

Our ‘scope 3’ increase is due to a general increase in site operations resulting in more business travel, deliveries and waste management.

Openness and transparency

We publish our carbon emissions annually through The Carbon Disclosure Project – an independent, not-for-profit organisation that encourages greenhouse gas emission reduction. It’s a great way for us to demonstrate best practice and transparency. Each year, thousands of companies from all over the world submit annual returns, like ours, to the Carbon Disclosure Project, which in turn analyses the data and produces trend and performance reports on chosen themes.

Sustainability Review 2013-2015