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Better Retail Better World

Better Retail Better World

Section 1

Climate Action

The world needs to anticipate, adapt and become more resilient to current and future impacts of climate change. Businesses have realised significant financial savings through investing in resource efficient and low carbon measures.




Wilko has recently completed the replacement of lighting in all stores, head office and distribution centres with LEDs, halving electricity bills. The retailer has also replaced all its chillers with significantly more energy efficient versions resulting in an 80 per cent reduction in annual energy bills. Dixons Carphone has already made steps towards the UN's Climate Action SDG by installing 3,600 solar panels over 66,000 sq ft of its main distribution centre in Newark. This will help cut CO2 emissions by 500 tonnes a year and reduce energy consumption from the national grid by 15 percent.



M&S has improved its overall UK and ROI energy efficiency by 39 per cent over the past ten years. All the electricity it procures is classified as renewable and 27 per cent of its gas consumption has been replaced with bio-methane. Kingfisher is supporting RSPB and their Birdlife International partner, Burung Indonesia, in a project to protect and restore the Harapan rainforest in Indonesia. This area of over logged forest is almost the size of Greater London and is home to endangered species such as the Sumatran tiger. In the first year, Kingfisher support has helped efforts to reduce the incidence of forest fires by 75 percent, to replant 135 hectares of cleared land and to train local communities in sustainable rubber production and forest honey processing techniques.