GHG Emissions and Energy Efficiency

6.6. GHG Emissions and Energy Efficiency

6.6.1. Commitment
The majority of the Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions at the Retail division comes from energy consumption, in particular purchased electricity. Therefore, ASW is committed to reducing GHG emissions by improving energy efficiency and using renewable energy sources to reduce emission.

6.6.2. The Challenges
With an extensive retail network spread across a wide range of locations and cultures, regional differences of the stores have to be considered in localising energy management policies and practices to suit their operational needs. Besides the need for adaptive energy management measures, GHG emissions performance is also dependent on the fuel mix used by electricity providers in local markets.

6.6.3. Initiatives

6.6.3.1. Energy Management Programme
In 2014, ASW launched the Energy Management Programme to manage energy use. As part of the plan, Energy Champions are appointed to support proper execution of Energy Management Programme goals at the different markets where ASW operates in.

Energy-saving initiatives were implemented in stores to help improve energy efficiency, ranging from hardware improvements such as gradual LED replacement and investments in other energy-efficient hardware, to behavioural changes concerning staff awareness. Where practicable, sustainable energy sources are introduced into the existing energy mix. By the end of 2019, all business units in the UK and Kruidvat in Belgium switched to 100% renewable energy, with Trekpleister and Kruidvat in the Netherlands using 80% renewable energy in their energy mix.

A Supply Chain Toolkit was implemented to help the in-house vehicle fleet and the subcontracted transport fleet to develop localised fuel-efficiency strategies.
As part of this, best practices are promoted and both internal staff and external contractors are engaged to adapt fuel efficiency measures.

As a result of the energy reduction measures, total net GHG emissions (Scope 1 and 2) have dropped 30% compared to the 2015 baseline.