Environment

We recognise that our business can have a direct, as well as an indirect, effect on the environment.

The potential impact that our business could have on our stakeholders and the wider world is considered throughout the product or services' lifecycle when we make decisions on choice of offer, packaging and procedures. One such example is that the majority of our products are imported so we are careful to monitor our carbon emissions and restrict our use of airfreight.

Aifreighted 2013

Typically we ship products, which once landed in the UK, travel via rail to our Distribution Centres in the Midlands.

 Rail 2013

Our Autocentres business uses small vans which are route managed not dedicated in order to make deliveries as efficient and minimise the environmental impact as practicable.

Throughout the year, our People Team worked closely with Which? Magazine regarding childseat fitting training at Halfords, and as part of the umbrella Digital Radio UK with members of the SMT Working Group for DAB conversion, including the design of an accredited installation and approval of DAB programme.

Fuel Efficiency

We recognise that our business can have a direct, as well as an indirect, effect on the environment. We are committed to understanding any impact that our products, stores, autocentres, Support Centre and delivery fleet have on the environment so that we can work to improve the management of them. We acknowledge that in some cases such environmental impact management can result in improved performance within our supply chain. We have identified the following areas as overall objectives in managing our environmental responsibilities:

Distance driven by fleet delivering products to stores       6,233,896
(FY12: over 7,000,000) km
Greenhouse Gas emissions (converted using DEFRA's 2012 Freight Transport conversion factor of 1.10316)6,876,984
(FY12: over 6,000,000) kg CO2e per vehicle km

Our overall greenhouse gas emissions have stayed broadly flat this year as we continue to better utilise our Main and Cycling Distribution Centre, improve the management of store deliveries and use larger and double-decker trailer units to carry more stock per vehicle.

Natural Resources

Retail store water consumption  -3.1 (FY12: -12.4) %
Car batteries recycled by Retail stores1725 tonnes (broadly equivalent to 115,000 batteries)

In our stores, we continue to invest in "smart" water meters which help us to identify water leaks at an early stage so as to help reduce our water consumption. As motor vehicle servicing centres, our autocentres are continually disposing of "motor vehicle" related waste safely.

Autocentre water consumption (average)206 (FY12: 183) cm3
Percentage of Autocentre waste recycled 60%
Car batteries recycled by Autocentres3,891 batteries
Tyres recycled by Autocentres297,482 (2012: 197,200)
Oil recycled by Autocentres950,957 (2012: 876,300) litres

Energy and Reducing CO2 Emissions

Average consumption of gas per autocentre-4.6% (FY13: 60,744,
FY12: 63,670kWh)
Average consumption of electricity per autocentre-9.7% (FY13: 27,838,
FY12: 30,834kWh)
Average consumption of gas per store-39% (FY13: 50,520,744*
FY12: 36,466,880kWh)
Average consumption of electricity per store-3% (FY13: 49,381,659
FY12: 50,974,409kWh)

In our stores, we continue to invest in "smart" water meters which help us to identify water leaks at an early stage so as to help reduce our water consumption. As motor vehicle servicing centres, our autocentres are continually disposing of "motor vehicle" related waste safely.

* The increase year on year was due to the prolonged winter period.

We continue to add energy management systems to our new properties and implement specific action plans around voltage reduction.