FY2015 marks the end of a two year programme of environmental target reductions, which we set in FY2012/13. These targets focused on our biggest environmental impacts - greenhouse gas emissions from buildings and transport, waste and packaging. The table below outlines our environmental performance on a range of key performance indicators. The fields shaded blue highlight the performance for which we had set targets, and these are discussed in greater detail in the notes underneath.
*Greenhouse Gas emissions methodology: we have reported on all the emission sources required under the Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors’ Reports) Regulations 2013. These sources fall within the activities for which we have operational control. There are no material exclusions from this data. The data has been prepared in accordance with the UK Government’s Environmental Reporting Guidance (2013 version).
Building emissions – target to reduce emissions by 10% against FY2013 - achieved
We continued to reduce our electricity and gas usage at our stores, UK office and at our National Distribution Centre (NDC) in FY2015, achieving a 15% reduction compared with our FY2013 baseline. This reduction was achieved in part due to planned store closures and milder winter temperatures. This year we have included a small number of emissions from our overseas sourcing offices and from our customer delivery distribution centre, where we assumed operational control at the start of the year.
Transport emissions – target to reduce emissions by 10% against FY2013 - achieved
During FY2015 we reduced the number of road miles distributing products by a further 14% over the previous year, linked to our planed store closure programme. As a result we have exceeded our 10% reduction target, achieving a 27% reduction compared with FY2013.
Packaging handled – target to reduce kg per £100 of sales by 2% against FY2013 - achieved
Packaging per £100 of goods sold in the UK has fallen by 21% compared with FY2013. While lower sales volumes explain part of the reduction, we also continued efficiency projects to reduce the amount of packaging around our products.
Waste recycling – target to maintain 90% of waste recycled - achieved
During FY2015 we increased the amount of waste we recycled across our stores, as a result of improving their recycling facilities. This year we also included waste volumes from our customer delivery distribution centre. Our NDC continues to be zero waste to landfill, recycling all of its discarded waste. Mothercare recycles 95% of its waste, continuing to exceed our target of maintaining a 90% recycling rate.
In 2016 we will aim to set further long-term targets for our future environmental performance. The targets for FY2016 are as follows:
- Reduce CO²e emissions through buildings by 5%.
- Reduce CO²e emissions through transport by 5%.
- Reduce packaging per £100 (kg, UK only) by 1%.