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					Verified EMAS Statement
16 March 2012
CE Rosser
EMAS Verifier




        Highland Spring Ltd
  Ochils Site Environmental
             Statement 2011
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Purpose & Scope __________________________________________________3
2. Context __________________________________________________________3
     2.1 Highland Spring Background ____________________________________3
     2.2 Highland Spring Operation ______________________________________3
     2.3 Organic Accreditation __________________________________________4
3. Environmental Policy________________________________________________5
     3.1 Environmental Policy Statement _________________________________5
     3.1 Policy Statement ____________________________________________5
4. Description of EMS _________________________________________________6
     4.1 Significant Environmental Aspects and Impacts _____________________6
      4.1.1 Catchment area boreholes _________________________________________6
      4.1.2 Purchase of raw materials and services _______________________________7
      4.1.3 Packaging the product ____________________________________________7
      4.1.4 Admin _________________________________________________________7
      4.1.5 Distribution _____________________________________________________8
      4.1.6 Disposal _______________________________________________________8
      4.1.7 General to the entire Site __________________________________________9
5. Targets and Objectives _____________________________________________10
6. Further Information ________________________________________________13
      6.1 Validation Statement _________________________________________13
      6.2Contact Information ___________________________________________13
                    Highland Spring Environmental Statement 2011


1. Purpose & Scope

This document is Highland Spring Ltd’s seventh annual Environmental Statement
and presents its performance for the period January to December 2011 at the Ochils
site in Blackford.

This environmental statement is part of Highland Spring’s overall commitment to
ensure that the impacts from all of our activities are fully understood and minimised.

2. Context
2.1 Highland Spring Background
Highland Spring was established in 1979 and commenced trading in April 1981. The
group bottles Natural Mineral Water, Spring Water and Bottled Drinking Water, in
accordance with Scottish Statutory Instrument 2007 No. 435 “The Natural Mineral
Water, Spring Water and Bottled Drinking Water Regulations (Scotland) Regulations
2007” (and subsequent amendments) which implement the European Directive
80/777/EEC and its modifying Directives 96/70/EC and 2003/40/EC as well as
Council Directive 98/83/EC.

The company is based in the village of Blackford, Perthshire, on the edge of the A9
approximately twelve miles from Stirling and twenty from Perth.

Highland Spring has two bottling sites in Blackford: the main Highland Spring site
with extensive warehouse space and the Gleneagles site (acquired in April 2001),
which produces its own stylish Gleneagles brand and “Water Media” products. This
EMAS statement covers both sites.

At these sites Highland Spring employs around 300 staff. The factories are
dedicated to the bottling of natural water in modern bottling plants.


2.2 Highland Spring Operation
The Spring Water regulations require water to be abstracted from an underground
source which is protected against pollution. Rainfall on the upper slopes of the Ochil
Hills percolates into the ground and flows through the rock strata downslope to the
boreholes. The regulations require that the product must be of potable (drinkable)
quality as it emerges from the ground. It is imperative that the risk of pollution of the
ground, and therefore the water, is kept to an absolute minimum.


On average the water takes 15 years to flow underground from the rock outcrop at
the top of the hill to the boreholes. During this time bacteria from the surface die off
and the water dissolves minerals from the rock. The water is protected from the
surface by a layer of impervious rock or clay above the water bearing rock.
Boreholes are used to abstract the clean water from deep underground to the
surface. They are constructed in such a way as to prevent water from the surface
contaminating the deep groundwater. The water is pumped to the factory through
underground stainless steel pipes, and therefore is not exposed to the air or
environment at the surface.




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To ensure that no contaminants can enter the water, Highland Spring Ltd has
achieved organic certification for the hillside. This means that no weedkillers,
insecticides or fertilisers can be applied to the land. In addition to this Highland
Spring does not allow livestock, cultivation or housing on the land because these
activities can also pollute the water. Only a very limited number of maintenance
vehicles are allowed on the hillside.

Highland Spring is happy to see wildlife and walkers on the land as these do not
represent a risk to the product.

When the water reaches the plant it is filtered to remove any rock particles, but
undergoes no treatment before being bottled (except carbonation to produce our
range of sparkling products). Still and sparkling water is presented in a wide range of
packaging formats in glass and PET (a type of plastic) to suit all consumer needs.


2.3 Organic Accreditation
The Soil Association awarded Organic status
to the catchment area of 621 hectares in 2001.
In 2005 we gained approval for another 398
hectares to allow expansion of our sources. In
May 2008 another 30 hectares converted to
organic. Therefore in 2011 we had 1049
hectares which were organic.               Though
European and UK legislation does not make
provision to gain organic status for water,
Highland       Spring   is    demonstrating     its
commitment to the protection of the sources by gaining certification for the catchment
area. As a result of this we are able to include the following phrase on the labels;
“Naturally filtered through land certified as organic by the Soil Association and drawn
from a protected source, Highland Spring is 100% Scottish Natural Spring Water”.



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3. Environmental Policy
3.1 Environmental Policy Statement


3.1   Policy Statement
Highland Spring Ltd was formed in 1979 and is located in Blackford, Perthshire. Our
modern production facility is located close to the Ochil hills, home to our organically
accredited catchment area which ensures the protection of our source of natural
water. Employing over 300 staff, we have the biggest UK produced brand of Bottled
Water with 95% of our output sold in the UK. The Gleneagles Spring Water plant was
acquired in April 2001 and is also located in Blackford. Both production facilities are
dedicated to the bottling of natural source water in a range of packaging formats to
suit all consumer needs.


1. Highland Spring is committed, without prejudice to the development and
   sustainability of its business, to minimise the impact of its operations on the
   environment.

2. Highland Spring will promote practices to ensure that the organisation meets
   compliance, as a minimum standard, with all regulatory and legislative
   requirements and will seek to achieve continual improvement in environmental
   performance.

3. Areas of specialist responsibility are allocated to key personnel to monitor and
   report on environmental achievement. The Environment Team, led by a senior
   member of management, will carry out reviews of procedures and trends, setting
   objectives and targets to effectively control waste, emissions, discharges, land
   contamination and the consumption of materials, fuel and energy. Priority will be
   given to ensuring the protection of the catchment area for our water.

4. In accordance with our continuing policy to protect the integrity of our Spring
   Water, Natural Mineral Water and Scottish Natural Water sources and catchment
   area, Highland Spring will endeavour to minimise adverse environmental effects
   and prevent pollution in daily operations and any new developments of the
   business.

5. Without compromise or restriction to trade and where economically viable
   Highland Spring will address product development through the utilisation of
   recyclable materials. These materials themselves and packaging components
   may include recyclable materials, provided their use does not prejudice the
   integrity of the product water.

6. Highland Spring will promote, in its staff training programmes, the implementation
   of good environmental practices.

7. Highland Spring has an environmental policy, which is reviewed regularly.

8. A copy of this policy, which is subject to review, is available to all company
   employees, suppliers and customers and to any other interested party.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Les Montgomery
DATE:    1st March 2012


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4. Description of EMS

The following environmental management system has been developed to fit into
Highland Spring’s organisational format and conforms to the ISO14001 standard.
The system helps us to achieve continual improvement and control by utilising the
following components which are requirements of EMAS:

Area                  Description
Policy:               This states the overall aim and commitments
Manual:               This describes our compliance with EMAS Regulations and ISO
                      14001 Standards and links with the other parts of the system
Procedures:           These prescribe how certain activities (those that require control)
                      should be carried out. This includes waste disposal and
                      emergency procedures
Programme:            This is an ongoing programme of objectives and targets to drive
                      improvement
Audit:                Both internal and external audits are used to ensure that the
                      system is working efficiently and that the programme is
                      progressing
Public reporting:     This statement outlines our significant environmental aspects and
                      current performance

The Environmental Delegate manages the system, scheduling yearly management
reviews.


4.1 Significant Environmental Aspects and Impacts

4.1.1 Catchment area boreholes

Activity                                    Impact / Control
Installation and use of boreholes           Pollution of catchment.
                                            When installing boreholes we recognise
                                            environmental risk to ground water and thus
                                            this activity is strictly controlled.
Abstraction of groundwater                  Resource Use.
                                            Our management regime for the source has
                                            been developed with our Consultant
                                            Hydrogeologist and ensures that the volumes
                                            abstracted have no significant effect on the
                                            environment.        Highland Spring has been
                                            granted an abstraction licence by SEPA
                                            (Scottish Environmental Protection Agency).
Catchment organic status                    Potential pollution of groundwater.
                                            There is no human habitation or farming on
                                            the catchment area or use of pesticides,
                                            herbicides or fertilisers use on the catchment
                                            area. Part of the catchment is certified
                                            Organic by the Soil Association since July
                                            2001, with a later addition in August 2005.
                                            Boreholes are constructed infrequently thus
                                            there is little or no disturbance in the
                                            catchment area. This has a positive effect on
                                            the land which encourages a wide diversity of


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Activity                                  Impact / Control
                                          flora and fauna.




4.1.2 Purchase of raw materials and services
Activity                               Impact / Control
Use and disposal of filters            Landfill.
                                       There are also various issues associated
                                       with materials use (including natural
                                       resources use, the energy used during
                                       production and transportation issues).
Purchase of goods through our assessed By using vendor rating and a supplier
supply chain                           questionnaire it is possible to create a
                                       positive effect by encouraging our
                                       supplier   chain    to   improve     their
                                       environmental performance.



4.1.3 Packaging the product
Activity                                 Impact / Control
Glass scrap                              Waste for recycling.
                                         Any glass used on site that is not sent to
                                         the customer is recycled. At Gleneagles
                                         this does not happen due to the fact that
                                         only small amounts of glass are
                                         produced and thus not very much waste.
                                         Also the glass used at H/S contains a
                                         proportion of post consumer recycled
                                         material.
PET Scrap (bottles or PET preforms) and Waste for recycling.
Shrink wrap                              These items are all recycled thus
                                         significantly reducing their impact on the
                                         environment.
Oils for compressors                     Contamination of land and water.
                                         The oil is stored on site safely so as to
                                         prevent pollution and is disposed of off-
                                         site.
Inks for date codes and inks used on the Contamination of water.
labels are produced off the premises and Inks are carefully controlled so as to
do not contain VOCs or heavy metals.     prevent pollution.


4.1.4 Admin
Activity                           Impact / Control
Printer/copier cartridge recycling Recycling prevents materials going to
                                   landfill and being wasted.
Disposal of obsolete computers and Computers are sent for recycling. Other
other electrical equipment         equipment disposal complies with WEEE
                                   regulations.



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4.1.5 Distribution
Activity                                  Impact / Control
Accidental fuel / oil leaks from vehicles Contamination of land and water.
and delivery of heating oil/storage       Fuel and oil have the potential for water
                                          and / or land contamination.
Use of contractors to transport finished Emissions from transportation contribute
product.                                  to global climate change and air quality
                                          reduction.     Noise pollution is also
                                          generated.
                                          Efforts to improve transport efficiency
                                          being made




4.1.6 Disposal
Activity                                 Impact / Control
Creation of mixed waste for landfill on Includes transportation emissions and
site                                     impacts associated with landfill (habitat
                                         destruction, leachate production, land
                                         contamination, methane production).
Cardboard boxes sold for re-use/returned Since these items are re-used or
to supplier/ cardboard sent for use in recycled this significantly reduces their
pulp                                     impact.
Plastic Packaging (internal)
Packaging going to the customer (glass Through lightweighting our product (see
and PET )                                Achievements section) we have reduced
                                         the amount of packaging sent to the
                                         customer. Local councils often provide
                                         Glass recycling facilities. Plastic in this
                                         country is often not recycled but the
                                         effect of it can be reduced if recycling
                                         facilities are provided.
Other outgoing secondary and tertiary There are various issues associated with
packaging; shrink wrap, trays.           materials       use    (including    natural
                                         resources use, the energy used during
                                         production and transportation issues) but
                                         the main issue is its end of life (i.e.
                                         landfill).
Product pallets for the UK               These pallets work on a return principle
                                         where they are re-used within the
                                         system.
Diluted cleaning agents, Peracetic acid, These chemicals are carefully stored so
caustic hot wash and ozone               as to minimise the potential for pollution.
                                         Ozone is generated electrically as and
                                         when required.
Use of battery recharged forklifts       Our batteries last 4 to 5 years as they are
                                         rechargeable. Batteries contain materials
                                         harmful to the environment.



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Activity                               Impact / Control
                                       A new dry lube system has been
Track lubricant used to lubricate the lines
(conveyor belts) when glass bottles areinstalled which has a number of
being filled                           environmental advantages.           These
                                       include a reduction of water consumption
                                       and elimination of detergent use. The
                                       volume of trade effluent is reduced.
Burning of gas for heating the boiler. The burning of gas produces greenhouse
Use of propane gas cylinders filled on gas which contributes to global climate
site for forklift trucks               change.
Asbestos roof at Gleneagles            Special care must be taken if the roof is
                                       to be dismantled as it can cause harm to
                                       human health and has to be treated as
                                       special waste.




4.1.7 General to the entire Site
Activity                                   Impact / Control
Gas oil heating boilers.                   The burning of diesel produces
Accidental leakage of gas oil              greenhouse gas, which contributes to
                                           global climate change. The burning of
                                           oil also produces SOx and NOx.
Highland Spring has three discharge In late 2007/ early 2008 the domestic
consents to the river Allan for the effluent was connected the Blackford
following activities listed below:         Waste Water Treatment Works. This
                                           helps further reduce risk of contamination
      Production of domestic effluent of local water courses.
         from our effluent treatment plant
      Trade effluent discharge            Trade Effluent now uses the same route
      Site drainage discharge which       further reducing the risk levels for the
         runs through petrol interceptors site.
         into the Allan water
Gleneagles has one discharge consent The consents are still in place.
to the River Allan for the following
activity.
      Trade effluent discharge.
Employee travel to work                    Many people employed by Highland
                                           Spring live in Blackford. Those who do
                                           travel to work independently contribute to
                                           global climate change.
Metal scrap                                There is little metal scrap The use of
                                           natural resources without recycling puts
                                           a strain on the environment. It also
                                           creates landfill.
Use of domestic water supplies for Use of water has a relatively small
employee toilets etc                       environmental impact in Scotland – due
                                           to high rainfall rates. Impacts relate to
                                           the use of a natural resource and water
                                           treatment.




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Activity                                    Impact / Control
Use of energy on the whole site.            The use of electricity itself has no
Blowmoulding which requires         chilled environmental impact; it is the source of
water and uses electricity                  electricity  that  has      the   overall
                                            environmental impact, including global
                                            warming.



These activities with their associated impacts are determined through the use of a
procedure to define importance and also through the discussion within the
Environment Committee. This procedure takes into account the views of interested
parties, legal commitments, policy commitments and the potential for any emergency
situations. Our Environmental legal commitments are listed in our Register of
Legislation (this is available on request). Following an initial environmental review it
was determined that our most significant effects on the environment are our use of
energy, packaging (including waste) and transport. A management programme was
developed to control these with the help of managers, and objectives and targets
were set to reduce our impact. Our objectives and targets can be found in the next
section.


5. Targets and Objectives
New legislation (see below) requires reporting on defined parameters in a specific
way.

New EMAS Regulation EC No 1221/2009

This new regulation was adopted on 25 November 2009, and introduces new
Environmental Reporting requirements on participating companies.                  Core
environmental indicators and methods of reporting them are specified. These are
laid out below as the Regulation requires. This information will provide a baseline for
future year on year comparisons, and will form the basis for our Objectives and
Targets reporting.


         Energy Efficiency: Target 1% reduction per year

Total Direct Energy Use: 14,388.81 MWh of electricity. It does not include gasoil
which is used for heating purposes only.

Total Output:         248793 Tonnes of Water Bottled

Ratio:                0.058 MWh/Tonne of Water Bottled

This represents a 10.7% reduction from 2010 in power used per tonne bottled. Work
has been done to analyse power consumption in more detail, by function. Systems
have been installed to record consumption on an hourly basis and this is providing
detailed information on usage at different times.

No energy was from renewables.




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           Material Efficiency: Target 1% reduction per year

Total Material Use in Tonnes:

Glass               5797.7
Plastic             8733.1
Paper               1912.6

Total Tonnes of Water Bottled: 248,793

Ratio: Tonnes of Material per Tonne of Water Bottled

Glass               0.0233 (reduction of 15% from last year)
Plastic             0.0351 (reduction of 9% from last year)
Paper               0.0077 (reduction of 7% from last year)

These variances are due to changes in the sizes and types of products sold, and this
has the effect of altering the ratios.


           Water: Target 1% reduction per year

Total water to the factory: 312,936 Tonnes

Total output:            248,793 Tonnes

Ratio:                  1.26 Tonnes per tonne bottled which represents an increase of
                        0.2% on 2010. It is difficult to reduce this figure because our
                        water use is currently very efficient.


           Waste: Target 1% reduction per year

           Non Hazardous

Waste Produced in Tonnes

Plastic                 118.1
Glass                   51.06
Paper                   85.4
Landfill                90.1

Ratio: Tonnes of Waste per Tonne of Water Bottled

Plastic                 0.00047
Glass                   0.000205
Paper                   0.00034
Landfill                0.00037

The figures for the plastic and paper sent to the waste stream were slightly down on
last year, but glass has increased. None of these figures is significant. However,
there was a significant drop in the waste to landfill of 20%. This was achieved by
better control of material segregation.


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       Hazardous

Weight of hazardous waste in Tonnes: 1.79

Ratio: tonnes hazardous material per tonne of water bottled: 0.0000072



       Biodiversity: no target set

Area of built up land:    23,211m2
Area of organic land: 10,484,200m2

Ratio: m2 land per tonne water bottled

Area of built up land: 0.09
Area of organic land: 42.14

This represents a slight decrease on last year, but is purely caused by the increase in
tonnage of water bottled between 2010 and 2011. There has been no change to the
size of the built up or organic land.


       Emissions: Target 1% reduction per year

       Greenhouse Gas Emissions

GHG emissions from use of electricity, gas oil and loss of refrigerant from chillers has
been calculated: 327207 tonnes CO2

Ratio: tonnes CO2 per tonne water bottled

CO2:   1.32


       Air Emissions

Total gas oil used: 80.11 tonnes

Total NO2 generated:                      96kg
Total SO2 generated:                     128kg
Total Particulate Matter generated:        6.9kg

Ratio: kg material emitted per tonne water bottled

NO2:    0.00039
SO2:    0.0005
PM:     0.00003

This represents over a 50% decrease in emissions because of a large reduction in
the fuel oil used on site. This was achieved through close control and monitoring of
the use of space heaters, but also because the winter months in 2011 were
considerably milder than the extreme cold conditions of 2010.



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        6. Further Information
        6.1 Validation Statement

                            ENVIRONMENTAL VERIFIER’S DECLARATION
                           ON VERIFICATION AND VALIDATION ACTIVITIES


Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance Ltd., with EMAS environmental verifier registration number UK-
V-005 and accredited for the scope:
“The management and reporting of the significant environmental aspects associated with the
sources, bottling, packaging and distribution of still and sparkling natural waters.”
(NACE code C 11.07 - Production of mineral waters and other bottled waters):
                                        Highland Spring Ltd
                     Stirling Street, Blackford Auchterarder, Perthshire UK
                                   Registration number: UK-000122
meets all requirements of Regulation (EC) No 1221/2009 of the European Parliament and of the
Council of 25 November 2009 on the voluntary participation by organisations in a Community
Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).
By signing this declaration, LRQA declares that:
       the verification and validation has been carried out in full compliance with the
        requirements of Regulation (EC) No 1221/2009,
      the outcome of the verification and validation confirms that there is no evidence of non-
        compliance with applicable legal requirements relating to the environment,
      the data and information presented in the Environmental Statement 2011 of the
        organisation reflect a reliable, credible and correct image of all the organisation’s
        activities within the scope mentioned in the environmental statement
This document is not equivalent to EMAS registration. EMAS registration can only be granted by a
Competent Body under Regulation (EC) No 1221/2009. This document shall not be used as a
stand-alone piece of public communication.




                    LRQA Ref No: LRQ4000559
                                                Date of verification: 16 March 2012
                                Verification Expiry:   31 March 2012
                                               Date of validation:  16 March 2012
                                Validation Expiry:    21 March 2012
C.E. Rosser, EMAS Lead Verifier
On behalf of LRQA Ltd.,
Hiramford, Siskin Drive,
Middlemarch Office Village
Coventry, UK
CV3 4FJ



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6.2Contact Information
We are always keen to obtain feedback about our Environmental efforts, so if you
have any questions or comments please contact our Environmental Representative
through our head office as follows:

Highland Spring Ltd
Stirling Street
Blackford
Auchterarder
Perthshire
PH4 1QA

Telephone: 01764 660500
Website: www.highland-spring.com




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