Brand damage, climate change
Our current policy objective is to reduce energy usage year-on-year. We will be developing long-term energy reduction targets during FY21.
Our current policy objective is to reduce CO2 usage year-on-year. We will be developing an ambitious long-term target during FY21.
Our policy is to be fully compliant with all relevant waste legislation and our policy objectives are to:
We are committed to minimising the impact of our business on the environment. When looking at our own operations, the focus areas are reducing energy consumption and carbon (CO2) emissions and reducing waste through recycling and careful waste management.
As part of our approach to climate change, we are measuring our carbon footprint across all of our business operations, including our products, and we will use this to inform how we can take more action to reduce our impact. See further details below:
Responding to growing demands from our shareholders, colleagues and customers, and consistent with our shared value of long-term thinking, we have appointed Carbon Trust to help us to:
This work will be fed into our Customer 1st strategy to help us develop our focus area of ‘making sustainability accessible for all’.
We have also committed to report against the guidelines set by the Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosures by the end of FY22.
Our Board, Executive Board and colleagues are excited about how this work will help us to understand how we can reduce our impact on the environment, and promote the global effort to prevent irreversible climate damage.
The vast majority of our greenhouse gas emissions are generated by our electricity consumption. During the year we purchased all of our electricity from renewable sources, which has a significantly reduced carbon impact, and we intend to continue to do so. Other contributors to our emissions are usage of gas, emissions from our vehicle fleet, and a small element from use of refrigerants.
We have invested in photovoltaic systems (solar power) 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.
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.