We recognise we have a duty to minimise the impact of our activities on the environment. We have made progress in recent years but the time has come to set a clear and achievable target to achieve net zero, and I am delighted we have now formally adopted that target.Helen Jones Chair, ESG Committee
Halfords has a role to play in helping the nation transition to a more sustainable future. We are determined to do all we can to help people make greener transport choices, offering the products and services they need to make the leap to electric. But we are equally determined to do that in a way which minimises waste and reduces the amount of energy we use across the business. In FY20, we made two important commitments. The first was to adopt formally the target of making our business carbon neutral by 2050, and the second was to adopt a series of Science Based Targets, creating a route map towards that goal.
|2019 tCO2E||2020 tCO2E|
|Retail (inc Cycle Republic) Directly Purchased Electricity||275||255|
|Autocentres Directly Purchased Electricity||2,275||2,131|
|McConechy's Directly Purchased Electricity||-||766|
|Halfords Group Directly Purchased Electricity||13,569||10,321|
|Autocentres Combustion of Gas||1,842||4,217|
|Tredz and Wheelies Directly Purchased Gas||6||7|
|McConechy's Combustion of Gas||-||94|
|Halfords Group Combustion of Gas||7,307||7,431|
|Total Combustion of Gas||9,155||11,749|
|Cars on Company Business||1,901||1,868|
|Company's Chosen Intensity Measurement: tCO2E per £1m Group Revenue||23.87||23.45|
The total Scope 1 and 2 quantity of energy consumed across the Group in FY20 was:
The Scope 1 and 2 tCO2E (see table headings below) for FY20 was:
We are committed to making the business carbon neutral by 2050 and we will be incorporating Scope 3 emissions into our reporting by FY21, adopting Science Based Targets for emissions reductions.
In FY20 we continued to roll-out energy-saving LED lighting across our estate. During the year, 199 locations benefited from LED lighting, resulting in a 6.37m kWh reduction in energy consumption, the equivalent of 1,629 tonnes reduction in annual CO2 emissions.
We have been working closely with our logistics partner, Wincanton, to reduce total mileage by maximising the utilisation of trailers and improving scheduling efficiencies. In FY20 we achieved a reduction in CO2 emissions from logistics of 922 tonnes.
Over the past 12 months, Halfords has invested in a number of energy saving measures across the estate, these being:
For the coming financial year, Halfords plans to recommence the second phase of the LED and BMS control roll-out to the remaining 40 stores. Should budget permit, it is planned that a third phase of LED and BMS will be rolled out.
|2019-20 CO2et||% of total|
|Tredz and Wheelies||37,787||7|
Our Scope 3 reporting will incorporate emissions from our purchased goods and services and capital goods. In setting targets for further emissions-reduction, we will use a methodology consistent with the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi), a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Initiative, WWF and We Mean Business Coalition
We believe that smart, independent transportation is vital to our wellbeing and the environment and we are on a mission to support a sustainable future by championing all forms of electric transport and supporting our customers as they make their transportation choices.
As well as training technicians in electric vehicle and E-bike servicing and broadening our range of E-bikes and E-scooters, we are also committed to transitioning our own fleet of vehicles to electric. Currently, a little over 3% of our fleet is electric or hybrid.
In January, we initiated a new recycling initiative across our stores, with colourcoded waste collection for general waste, dry mixed recycling and clear plastic. In addition, Bikehut colleagues started to use empty bike boxes for cardboard collection. This new approach to waste management is part of the One Way system which standardises operational processes across all stores, driving consistency and efficiency. Previously, colleagues were collectively spending 163,000 hours handling waste each year.
We initiated a soft plastic recycling initiative in FY20 and began an audit of plastics suppliers. Achievements in the year include blister packaging removed from our CO2 bike pump and spare cable ties removed from hand pump packaging.
We also stepped up our efforts to recycle rubber in FY20, including collecting 3,122,924 kg of old tyres for recycling into new products. A programme to find a solution for recycling old wiper blades was initiated in FY20. We dispose of over one million blades each year.
We recycle 100% of used car batteries when we fit new ones for our customers. In FY20 we collected and recycled 4,562kg of used domestic batteries in our UK stores.
Our bike recycling scheme goes from strength to strength and last year about 62,000 bikes went to our charity partners ReCycle and Cycle for Good.
During the 2019 calendar year, Halfords Autocentres achieved 100 per cent recycling rates for a wide variety of products, including tyres, oil filters, bulk oil, and battery boxes. By diverting 943.4te of product from landfill (77%) Halfords Autocentres achieved carbon savings of 5,607,908 kg, equivalent to 5,802 trees (calculated by AWS and agents and endorsed by Carbon Footprint Ltd).