Our Policies

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

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.

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 2018 were 110 CO2 g/km (2017: 108 CO2 g/km).

What’s next for 2018/19

  • Continue to reduce CO2 emissions relative to turnover year on year
  • Introduce charging points for electric vehicles in our car parks at Support Centres and assess certain stores for suitability
  • Review and assess our company car fleet to introduce more zero and low emissions options to 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.

2017/18 achievements

  • We have reduced CO2 emissions by 15.7% year on year compared to revenue growth
  • We have trialled various electric and low emission vehicles to see if they are suitable for operational purposes, and are introducing them into our company car fleet
  • Our work to roll out more LED stores has helped reduce energy usage and lower emissions

Intensity Measure - tC02e per £1m Group Revenue