Renewable and efficient stores, offices and third-party distribution centres
By 2025, 100% of the energy we use across our stores, offices, and third-party DCs will be from renewable sources. In FY22, we achieved 91% renewable energy.
Our global stores and offices have used 100% renewable electricity since 2017, and when combined with our remaining purchased heating and cooling and small amounts of gas, our stores are using 98% renewable energy.
This year we moved our final two DCs (‘The Eagle’, USA and ‘The Dragon’, China) over to a 100% renewable electricity supply, reducing emissions from these sites by 106 tCO2e pa (1% of our footprint in this category). Our UK DC (‘The Duke’) also switched to a 100% renewable gas supply this year, initiating what will be a transition for all sites by 2025. In total, six out of our 13 upstream DCs and consolidation centres (CCs) globally have installed onsite solar panels, which generate an average of 28% of their own electricity needs each year. Having now switched all DCs over to renewable electricty, this year we ran workshops with all CC partners and agreed their roadmap to switch to 100% renewable electricity by the end of FY23.
In FY22, 66% of the total energy (electricity, gas and diesel) used in our DCs & CCs was from renewable sources, which will increase to 70% from the start of FY23.
Over the next three years we have committed to a million-pound investment into two tried and tested technologies: LED lighting and Building Management Systems (BMS). We’ve now installed BMS in 55% and LED in 61% of our own retail estate. This has helped us reduce our global energy footprint (per square metre) by 21.9% in our own stores and offices between 2017 and 2021, saving more than 6.5 million kWh and around 2,000 tonnes of CO2e each year.
We will now maximise this with installations across 100% of our sites and main distribution warehouses, fully optimising energy and reducing electricity consumption by 25% by 2025.