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Managing our impact on the environment in a responsible and ethical manner

We know that our work has an impact on the environment and that we have a duty to manage that impact in a responsible and ethical manner.

We do this through identifying all significant environmental impacts and putting processes into place to prevent, reduce and mitigate them. To meet our commitment of protecting the environment, we aim to:

  • comply with all relevant environmental legislation;
  • operate our business in a way that protects the environment;
  • promote environmental awareness to colleagues and enlist their support in improving the Company’s performance with training and instruction;
  • minimise waste by making sure processes are as efficient as possible;
  • look to reduce energy and water usage;
  • promote recycling internally and with our suppliers and customers;
  • minimise the environmental impact of our logistics activities; and
  • continually develop our environmental management system.

We have a legal obligation to dispose of waste batteries responsibly, and this year we recycled 100% of the batteries we fitted, at no cost to our customer.

All of our batteries are supplied by GS Yuasa. 98% of the raw materials used in their manufacturing process is recycled at the end of life and used again to manufacture new battery products, thus achieving a ‘closed loop’ lifecycle.

GS Yuasa’s manufacturing plants comply with Environmental Management Standard ISO 14001 and they are also at the leading edge of the development of next generation batteries using eco-friendly products such as lithium ion.

Waste batteries are collected from our sites as frequently as once a week by a specialist recycler that is compliant with UK Battery Regulations. These set targets for the recycling efficiency of waste batteries and define the amount of useful material that must be recovered from each tonne of batteries sent for recycling. This year 3,313 tonnes of batteries were recycled on our behalf.

We already ensure that our suppliers give preference to the use of recycled materials in the manufacturing and packaging of our goods. But we want to do more.

Our work has an impact on the environment and we have a duty to manage that impact in a responsible and ethical manner.

100%

Batteries we fitted were recycled

1,700 tonnes

Reduction in annual carbon dioxide emissions

This year we are committed to starting a journey to review our packaging materials in a bid to further reduce our environmental impact, specifically with regards to the use of plastic. Reducing the size of our carbon footprint remains a priority. A roll-out of energy-saving LED lighting across our estate is now contributing positively to our ongoing aspirations in this area.

This year, 180 locations will benefit from the installation of 45,000 individual lamps, resulting in a 40% reduction in energy consumption – the equivalent of a 1,700 tonnes reduction in annual carbon dioxide emissions

Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2017
tCO2E
2018
tCO2E
2019
tCO2E
Retail inc Cycle Republic Directly Purchased Electricity 18,448.01 19,638.34 13,843.35
Autocentres Directly Purchased Electricity 3,379.41 2,790.05 2,275.26
Tredz and Wheelies Directly Purchased Electricity N/A 88.27 111.43
Halfords Group Directly Purchased Electricity N/A 22,516.66 16,230.04
Retail inc Cycle Republic Combustion of Gas 7,035.65 6,187.43 7,306.56
Autocentres Combustion of Gas 3,339.91 3,483.44 1,842.17
Tredz and Wheelies Combustion of Gas N/A 17.84 6.41
Halfords Group Combustion of Gas N/A 9,688.71 9,155.08
Cars on Company Business 911.45 1,080.00 1,123
TOTAL 33,114.43 33,285.37 26,508.18
Company’s Chosen Intensity Measurement: tCO2E per £1m Group Revenue 33.10 29.32 23.28