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Our Policies

Our policy objective is to reduce CO2 emissions relative to turnover year-on-year.

We work with specialist partners to consult on our energy-buying strategy, investments in energy-saving technology and to further focus on reducing our carbon emissions.

We invest in photovoltaic systems (solar power) wherever viable across our estate. We now have these in five of our stores (Leeds, Dunstable, Bristol, Cambridge and Darlington). 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.

Since 1 April all of our electricity is from renewable sources.

Our company car fleet is graded on emissions and we encourage the use of fuel efficient vehicles in all schemes.

Average emissions in 2019 were 110 CO2 g/km (2018: 108 CO2 g/km).

What’s next for 2019/20

  • Continue to reduce CO2 emissions relative to turnover year-on-year
  • Target a 2% year-on-year reduction in emissions from our company car fleet, and to increase mileage per gallon achieved across our home delivery fleet
  • Introduce charging points for electric vehicles in our car parks at support centres and assess certain stores for suitability
  • Continue to review and assess our company car fleet to introduce more zero and low emissions options for colleagues

Measuring our impact

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.

2018/19 achievements

  • We have reduced CO2 emissions by 21.6% year-on-year relative to turnover
  • Since 1 April 2019 all of our electricity is from renewable sources

CO2 emissions

tCO2e /£1m Group revenue

Our targets

  • Reduce LFL electricity consumption by 5% in FY20
  • Achieve 100% diversion from landfill for all operational waste with 80% to be recycled by FY21
  • Reduce car fleet emissions by 2% p.a. to FY25
  • Increase MPG by 2% p.a. for vehicles in our Dunelm home delivery fleet by FY21