Global Reporting Initiative+Total Waste Generated (G4-EN23-a)
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Total Waste Generated (G4-EN23-a)

What is the total amount of waste generated by the organization (in metric tonnes)?

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Anglo American Platinum

2015 = 1.9B Metric Tonnes
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Harmony Gold Mining Company

2016 = 1.62B Metric Tonnes

BHP Billiton

2016 = 122M Metric Tonnes
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Royal Dutch Shell plc

2015 = 72M Metric Tonnes
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Newmont Mining

2015 = 34M Metric Tonnes
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Eskom

2016 = 32.6M Metric Tonnes
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Fosun Group

2015 = 13.6M Metric Tonnes
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Vattenfall AB

2014 = 9.79M Metric Tonnes
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Acciona

2015 = 8.76M Metric Tonnes
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Coca-Cola Icecek

2015 = 8.15M Metric Tonnes
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AB InBev UK Limited

2015 = 6.79M Metric Tonnes
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Sacyr, S.A.

2015 = 5.47M Metric Tonnes

Ferrovial

2015 = 4.18M Metric Tonnes
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Merafe Resources

2015 = 4.11M Metric Tonnes
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Glencore International

2014 = 3.11M Metric Tonnes

BASF SE

2014 = 2.07M Metric Tonnes

Outokumpu

2015 = 1.63M Metric Tonnes

Honda Motor Company

2016 = 1.46M Metric Tonnes

PepsiCo Inc.

2014 = 1.44M Metric Tonnes

Hitachi Ltd.

2016 = 1.34M Metric Tonnes

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About

This metric is based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Guidelines. It covers one of the requirements of Indicator G4-EN23 'Total weight of waste by type and disposal method'. While this metric looks at total waste generated, additional information (included in other EN23 metrics) is requested, on the total weight of hazardous and non-hazardous waste, by the following disposal methods:

  • Reuse

  • Recycling

  • Composting

  • Recovery, including energy recovery

  • Incineration (mass burn)

  • Deep well injection

  • Landfill

  • On-site storage

  • Other (to be specified by the organization)

The indicator further asks to report how the waste disposal method has been determined - this information can be included in the comments.

Data on waste generation figures over several years indicates the level of progress the organization has made toward waste reduction efforts. It also indicates potential improvements in process efficiency and productivity. From a financial perspective, the reduction of waste contributes directly to lower costs for materials, processing, and disposal.

Information about the disposal destination reveals the extent to which an organization has managed the balance between disposal options and uneven environmental impacts. For example, land filling and recycling create very different types of environmental impacts and residual effects. Most waste minimization strategies emphasize prioritizing options for reuse, recycling, and then recovery over other disposal options.

Methodology

This metric is asking for the total amount of waste generated by the organization in metric tonnes:

For WikiRate researchers:

Companies who align reports to GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Standards often include a GRI Content Index or Annex where GRI disclosures, with GRI codes, are listed.

  • Use the GRI Index, CTRL F, Command F or search button on source preview to search for this index and metrics within the report

  • Use G4 codes, G3 codes or keywords to quickly find values, keeping in mind that some companies report on the metric using different terms, e.g. G4-EN23 or EN23, waste

  • Always check the metric question and methodology for the unit of measure or currency - researchers may need to carry out calculations or conversions before entering the final metric value

  • Add comments documenting exactly where within the source you found the information (page number) and include details of simple or complex calculations or conversions made to determine the metric value

  • If you are unable to locate a metric value in a source you can search for additional sources where the data is available and add a new source

Further guidance on how to research values for GRI-based metrics is available here, including detailed guidance on adding, editing and Checking metric values.

Global Reporting Initiative compliance guidance for companies:

To calculate total waste generated - G4-EN23-a:

  • ​Identify the weight of waste created by the organization’s operations, categorized as total waste by the company.

  • If no weight data are available, estimate the weight using available information on waste density and volume collected, mass balances, or similar information.

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