Superdry has set a commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions.

Since the Industrial Revolution, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have contributed to atmospheric warming that has lifted global temperatures by around 1.1⁰c. Without an ambitious decarbonisation plan, the projected global temperature rise is over 4⁰c by 2050 – with disastrous consequences to both people and the planet.

Our net zero plan supports the Paris Agreement, aligned with the UN Fashion Charter for Climate Action and the British Retail Consortium’s Climate Action Roadmap, to work towards limiting temperature rise to 1.5⁰c.

As a fashion brand, we understand that around 70% of our emissions come from upstream activities like materials production, preparation and processing; with the remaining 30% associated with downstream retail operations, the use-phase, and end-of-use activities.

We are already making changes to how we operate. Recognising the strides so far, we topped the Financial Times Europe Climate Leaders league table in 2021 for our 97% reduction in direct carbon intensity (Scopes 1 & 2) between 2014 and 2021.

 

Our Carbon Emissions.

In FY22, as a first step in ensuring our decarbonisation strategy is fully aligned to the latest climate science, we calculated our first full scope 3 carbon emission inventory, which we will release the results of in Sep-22.

We worked with independent specialist consultancy Avieco Ltd to do this and ensure our calculations align to the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi)recommendations and continue to align with the GHG protocol.

As part of our process we will review and calculate a new baseline for FY20, which we will publish from next year. We will use this to track progress on scope 1-3 emissions over the next decade. Our initial reviews give us confidence that we will meet the decarbonisation needs of a Science Based Target by 2030.

Our Scope 3 emissions are very material to our business, with Purchased Goods and Services being our highest emitting scope 3 category.

Our decarbonisation focus will prioritise this area, through our ‘Low Impact Materials’ sustainability pillar.

 

Summary GHG emissions for Superdry:

GHG Scope FY21 GHG Emissions (tCO2e)
Scope 1 182
Scope 2 (Market Based) 150
Scope 3* 32,976
Total (Scopes 1-3) 33,308

*Only partial Scope 3 emissions based on 4 categories

 

Our Net Zero Goal and Milestones.

We want to ensure our goals align with the latest climate science and will review these periodically to ensure we achieve meaningful and needed change.

  • Lower Impact Product - Net Zero across our entire supply chain emissions by 2040
  • Lower Impact Logistics - Net Zero across and transport and distribution emissions by 2030
  • Lower Impact Stores - Net Zero across our own operations by 2025

 

How will we achieve Net Zero?

 

Reducing our emissions

By focusing our efforts on energy efficiency between 2014 and 2020 we reduced our global energy footprint (per square metre) by 35% in our own stores and offices. 

We have also converted to 100% renewable electricity across our own retail stores, offices and two out of our three main third-party distribution centres, but we are also conscious that we must challenge ourselves to continue to reduce consumption.

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). Since 2014 we’ve installed BMS in 55% and LED in 45% of our own retail estate, reducing our electricity use by 35% – equivalent to 13 million kWh – also saving 3,900 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 a further 25% from where we are today.

We are also making significant reductions by making better decisions.

By scrutinising how we move our garments from factory to warehouse, we have more than halved our airfreight over the last two years and will be setting a maximum cap of 2% of our production from FY22 onwards.

This year we calculated our complete Scope 3 emissions inventory which we will use to identify and set further targets to reduce our emissions in our most material areas.

 

Converting to renewable energy

The impact of using energy, however much it is, can further be reduced by converting the source of energy to zero/low carbon alternatives.

We’ve used 100% renewable electricity across all owned retail stores and offices since 2017. This continues to drive our significant savings when calculating our Scope 2 carbon emissions using market-based methodologies. We have extended our targets to include our third-party Distribution Centres (DCs) and global consolidation hubs. We have already converted two out of the three largest DCs to renewable electricity with the final warehouse converting this year, and will be extending our renewable energy targets to our thirteen global consolidation centres this year.

Overall we 84% of the energy we use across our own operations (stores and offices), DCs and global consolidation hubs is renewable. Our target is to reach 90% by the end of FY22.

 

Offsetting our remaining emissions

Our current focus is on reduction and conversion; we will be looking for opportunities to support meaningful offsetting programmes closer to our milestones and goal.

We know there are a lot of opportunities; once we have explored every opportunity to reduce and convert, we will then ensure that we offset any remaining carbon through meaningful and impactful collaborations.

 

Setting a Science Based Target (SBT)

Over the next two years our priority is to set a Science Based Target (SBT) using our complete understanding of Scope 1-3 emissions, to ensure our decarbonisation pathway is aligned with a 1.5°c temperature rise.

 

For full information on our emissions and energy usage, including mandatory disclosures, please refer to Our Sustainability Performance section within our FY21 Annual Report

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