Why it Matters

Our objective is to progressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated through our operations

We have invested in photovoltaic systems (solar power) in four of our stores (Leeds, Dunstable, Bristol and Cambridge). These systems replace energy sourced through the national grid with local renewable energy. We continue to monitor performance of these installations to inform future investment decisions as we assess additional sites for solar power generation.

We continue to source electricity from ‘Green Energy’ supplies such as combined heat and power sources where CO2 emissions are 30% lower than the national average. 

Dunelm also works with specialist partners to consult on our energy buying strategy, investments in energy saving technology and to further focus on reducing our carbon emissions.

Our company car fleet is graded on emissions and we encourage the use of fuel efficient vehicles in all schemes. Average emissions in 2017 were 108 CO2 g/km (2016: 108 CO2 g/km).

2016/17 Achievements

  • We have reduced CO2 emissions by 11.7% in the financial year to 1 July 2017 compared to revenue growth
  • We have started to trial electric and low emission vehicles to see if they are suitable for operational purposes
  • Our work to roll out more LED lighting to more of our stores has helped reduce energy usage and lower emissions

What's Next for 2017/18

  • Reduce CO2 emissions relative to turnover year on year
  • Identify and trial new technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Review and access our company car fleet to introduce more zero and low emissions options to colleagues
  • Review Home Delivery Network vehicles and performance, setting targets and creating plans to reduce emissions through improving miles per gallon and sourcing more efficient vehicles

CO2e emissions in the financial year to 1 July 2017 were as follows:

Intensity Measure – tCO2e per £1m Group Revenue

Measuring emissions

Carbon Dioxide Equivalent (“CO2e”) emissions data is reported using the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard (Scope 1 & Scope 2) and applies to our organisational boundary as defined by the ‘operational control’ approach.

The methodology used to calculate our emissions is based on the UK Government’s GHG Conversion Factors for Company Reporting 2013.

Dunelm uses ‘Tonnes of CO2e per £1m of turnover’ as its intensity measure, reflecting the link between growth, activity and performance.