In September of this year, B&Q set itself commitments to reduce carbon emissions by 90% by 2023. "It's too much to think about a 90% reduction in one go, so breaking it into bite-sized chunks like 10% during 2010 is a great way to motivate people," said B&Q director of social responsibility Matt Sexton.
Lighting, transport and packaging are the areas where B&Q sees opportunities to make changes to meet these targets. All lighting displays have switched to energy-efficient lighting and now B&Q is looking at ways to enhance the natural light and utilise technologies in stores to reduce dependence on artificial lighting.
A fleet of 60 double-decker lorries was introduced earlier this year, which is saving 4,800 miles (7,725km) and 4,600kg of emissions a day. By the new year this number will have almost doubled to further reduce mileage and emissions. B&Q has committed to reduce its packaging by weight by 15% by 2012 and has also been trialling skip-less stores — this has resulted in a 60% reduction in waste sent to landfill. The trial will be rolled out further next year to help B&Q meet its target of a 90% reduction of waste to landfill by 2012.
Matt Sexton added: "Regardless of whether you have a commercial property or are looking at your own home, the process for lowering its carbon footprint is virtually the same — identify where you waste the most energy and money, then find solutions to reduce this. To begin, that means insulating well and maximising natural light so you're not paying for energy that's simply being wasted. Then find the most energy-efficient heating, lighting and appliances."
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