Generating our own clean energy
With the right investment, each of our stores and distribution centres can generate its own clean energy.
At our Swindon distribution centre, for example, we’ve cut energy use by 42% by investing in solar PV panels and a biomass boiler powered by waste wood from our stores. Now we’re installing a battery storage system so we can harvest and use more power from the sun.
We have reduced our carbon footprint by 16% since 2011. We aim to get to 25% by 2020.
Our first zero-energy store?
We’re going a step further at our first zero-energy Trade Counter, located in our Screwfix store in Peterborough. It’s expected to generate more energy than it consumes thanks to its air source heat pump powered by solar PV. We’ll be rolling out the new design to other Screwfix locations during 2018.
More efficient on the inside too
Sixteen of our sites are generating their own renewable energy and we’re sourcing green power too. In the UK and Romania, for example, we now buy electricity from renewable sources — around 30% of our total group electricity use. We’ve also switched to efficient LED lighting across 56% of our estate and we’re monitoring energy use closely to make us more efficient.
Altogether our actions have reduced our carbon footprint by 16% since 2010/11. We aim to get to 25% by 2020 and we’re setting a new goal for 2025.