In order to decrease the greenhouse gas emissions from its direct operations, Kingfisher works to improve the energy efficiency of its buildings and lower the impact of its transports.
In order to decrease the greenhouse gas emissions from the use of its products, Kingfisher works to improve the performance of its ranges.
To improve the environmental impact of its products, Kingfisher particularly works on 3 topics: - sustainable sourcing of 100% wood and paper products - improving characteristics of light bulbs and energy-using products - switching to peat-free products Peatlands are an important and unique habitat and store twice as much carbon as the world’s forests. However, huge areas of peatland have been destroyed, with the use of peat in horticulture a contributing factor. Moving to peat-free gardening is one of the biggest contributions our industry can make towards tackling climate change. For almost 30 years, Kingfisher has been working to remove peat from its products in the UK. These initiatives are part of the company’s roadmap to achieve a 40% reduction (per million pounds (￡) turnover) of CO2 emissions from purchased goods and services and use of sold products, by 2025 from a 2017/18 baseline (scope 3). This target is approved by the Sciences Based Targets initiative, confirming it aligns with a 1,5°C trajectory.
Focus on lighting products
The company has a strong focus on reducing the emissions from the use of its products. Customer use of light bulbs or energy-using appliances for instance, make up 46% of the company’s scope 3 emissions. By improving energy efficiency, it can reduce product-related emissions and help customers save on their energy bills. Kingfisher has reduced emissions associated with its lighting ranges by 60% by switching to LED products and from its kitchen ranges by introducing more induction hobs.
Focus on peat-free products
To remove peat from its products, Kingfisher has been working closely with suppliers and growers to develop, test and refine an own range of peat-free products. Completely removing peat can be challenging since availability of replacement ingredients in sufficient volumes varies hugely across the markets and there has been scepticism among customers and parts of the industry about peat-free solutions, though this is changing. Peat-free alternatives have historically also been less affordable for consumers.
Kingfisher is committed to ensuring the widespread availability of peat-free products that perform just as well as peat-based alternatives, so that consumers can make responsible gardening choices, no matter their budget.
The company launched it new GoodHome high-quality 100% peat-free compost in B&Q and Castorama France in early 2020. This is formulated to provide an effective compost using coir and other ingredients to replace peat. It is competitively priced so that price is not a barrier to customers in their purchase decision.
Completely peat free compost now comprises over a quarter of all compost sold in the UK, Ireland, France and Poland (based on litres). Non-peat ingredients accounted for 52% of all bagged growing media ranges in 2020/21 (2019/20: 41%). The company is currently working on updating it reporting for carbon emissions from peat used in bagged growing media to compare against it 2017/18 baseline.
Direct emissions generated by the company's activity.
Indirect emissions associated with the company's electricity and heat consumption.
Emissions induced (upstream or downstream) by the company's activities, products and/or services in its value chain.
Carbon sinks creation, (BECCS, CCU/S, …)
Emissions avoided by the activities, products and/or services in charge of the project, or by the financing of emission reduction projects.
Scope 3 - Switching to LED, induction hobs, reducing emissions from energy-using products such as appliances.
Reduction of 1,7 million tonnes of CO2e since 2017/18.
This takes account of a product’s estimated lifetime carbon emissions from energy use.
This improvement in energy efficiency has reduced our scope 3 footprint by 18% compared with 2017/18 against our target of a 40% reduction per ￡million turnover by 2025.
Emission removal - Peat free products
- Planned emissions reduction to 2025 by switching to peat-free alternatives is -57,000 tCO2e
The company reports the breakdown of its CO2e in line with the three scopes defined under the WRI/WBCSD GHG Protocol. This activity sits within it scope 3 reporting, category 11 use of sold products.
Bioregional performs a set of calculations to assess the energy and carbon impact of energy-using products and renewable energy systems in Kingfisher’s range, which are in use by customers. Examples of products included are lighting, heating appliances (gas and electric), white goods, air conditioning, solar thermal collectors. The calculation quantifies this energy use, of all energy-using products sold in a given year, over the expected lifetime that customers would use them for.
From the energy use figure, the lifetime emissions are calculated as a snapshot of the products sold in the reporting year. This calculation takes into account the carbon intensity of the grid of the country in which it was sold, using publicly reported figures for recent years. For its UK operations, these are obtained from DEFRA/BEIS (‘2020 UK Government GHG Conversion Factors for Company Reporting’, version 1.0 (expiry 1 June 2021). For all its non-UK operations, it obtains the emission factors from the IEA (source:
IEA Emissions Factors, 2020 edition) and extrapolate to expected carbon intensity figures to estimate the carbon emissions from use of the product in future years.
Kingfisher’s projects contribute to the following SDG:
- Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
- Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
- Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production
- Goal 13: Climate Action
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