Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting

The Partnership is committed to reducing the energy consumption and the carbon impact of our operations. This requires significant investment in new technologies, and behaviour change.

We are moving to renewable energy sources across our organisation. Where we cannot remove the use of carbon from our operations, for example our livestock, we will generate additional renewable energy and/or capture carbon to bring us to net zero. To support this, we have also committed to reducing our absolute energy use by 25% in 10 years from a 2018 baseline.

We recognise that significant emissions are produced by companies that work with us as part of our value chain, such as suppliers, and by downstream activity including customer travel to our branches and customer use of purchased products. We measure these emissions across a number of categories and are looking to increase the level of data we collect and analyse in 2020. This data will highlight where we can have the greatest impact and enable us to put a strategy and targets in place to reduce emissions.


Global GhG emissions data1



Scope 1 (tonnes CO2e)2
Combustion of fuel and operation of facilities, refrigeration


Scope 2 (tonnes CO2e)3
Electricity purchased and heat and steam generated for own use





Scope 3 (tonnes CO2e)4
Water, business travel, waste to landfill and transmission and distribution losses from purchased electricity


Intensity measurement
(tonnes CO2e per £m sales) 



Energy Usage



Partnership energy consumption
Total energy consumed (gas and electricity) (kWh)


Partnership electricity renewable %
Total electricity which is renewable %



Using the assurance standards ISAE 3000 and ISAE 3410, KPMG LLP has issued an unqualified opinion over the selected data marked with an asterisk (*) in this table. KPMG’s limited assurance statement, and the reporting criteria used as the basis of preparing the selected data, the ‘John Lewis Partnership’s Basis of Reporting’ are both available here. For the methodology used to calculate our GHG emissions and energy use read page 88 of our Annual Report & Accounts


We have been investing significantly in energy efficiency measures and this has delivered notable savings against our energy target. Major projects include: 

  • an LED upgrade programme in eight John Lewis shops and 50 Waitrose shops
  • Shelf edge EcoBlade™ roll-out across 273 Waitrose shops which has already improved overall refrigeration efficiency by reducing cold air spillage and is expected to save 11,000 MWh of electricity
  • Pioneering ‘Air Door’ which lessens hot and cold air infiltration into a building, thereby reducing refrigeration, heating and cooling energy consumption
  • New Water-Cooled Next Generation Refrigeration has been installed in 12 Waitrose shops which has improved associated energy consumption on average by 20%
  • Building Energy Management Systems, sub-metering and remote control capacity in 40 John Lewis branches. We are also investing in our heating, ventilation and air cooling system which has provided significant savings.