Climate Reporting

The non-renewable energy sources used to power a number of our shops, fossil fuels used in our transport fleet, and manufacturing in our global supply chains, all create greenhouse gases warming the earth's surface and changing our climate.

 

As a responsible retailer we must reduce our consumption wherever we can, and use renewable energy alternatives. We must be even more ambitious by looking at our impact across our entire value chain and take action. 

 

We measure emissions across a number of categories and are looking to increase the quantity and quality of data we collect and analyse in 2021. 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. The data we have collected to date is as follows:

The Partnership Carbon Emissions and Energy Consumption
 

Global GhG emissions data1

2020

2019

2018 baseline

Scope 1 (tonnes CO2e)2
Combustion of gas and fuel for transport purposes, refrigeration

141,078*

156,755

168,029
Scope 2 (tonnes CO2e)3
Electricity purchased, heat and steam generated for own use
-Location-based
-Market-based

 

130,352*
5,817*

 

160,018
8,121

 

182,978
7,352

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

31,534*

40,478

44,373
Intensity metric (tonnes CO2e per £m sales) 
-Location-based
-Market-based

25.5
15.0

30.9
17.7

N/A5
N/A

Energy Usage

2020

2019

2018 baseline

Partnership energy consumption
Total energy consumed (electricity, gas and transport) (kWh)
- Electricity
- Gas
- Transport

1,142,282,360
555,536,097
243,672,698
343,073,565

1,234,662,932
619,994,602
275,471,536
339,196,794

1,280,410,028
639,096,177
284,809,768
356,504,083
Partnership electricity renewable %
Total electricity which is renewable %

97.4%

97.2%

97.7%

1 Figures presented are for each approximate calendar year.
2 Scope 1: Emissions associated with our direct activities, such as heating our shops and offices and running our fleet of trucks, our agricultural emissions and company cars.
3 Scope 2: Emissions from the electricity we purchase. ‘Location-based’ represents the GHG intensity of the grids where we have sites and ‘market-based’ reflects the emissions for the electricity we have purchased.
4 Emissions from our indirect activities under our operational control or operations influences e.g business travel that isn’t in company owned cars.
5  In February 2020 the Partnership created a new sales measure known as total trading sales (see note 2.1, pg 134 in the Partnership Annual Report & Accounts 2021 for more details). The Partnership only restated this measure for 2019/20, therefore our 2018 ‘Location-based’ and ‘Market-based’ intensity metrics are not included in this table as the total trading sales which we will use to calculate our intensity metrics going forward are not available for this period.

*Details on third party assurance.  For the methodology used to calculate our GHG emissions and energy use read page 114 of our 2021 Annual Report & Accounts.

CLIMATE RISK AND OPPORTUNITIES

Climate change is the single greatest challenge facing our planet today. We fully support the Task Force on Climate-Related Disclosures (TCFD) and its recommendations and are committed to assessing the impacts of climate risks and opportunities across our operations, physical estate and supply chains. This year, we have focused on establishing our internal process to manage climate risks, opportunities and reporting structure which we plan to further enhance and improve as we evolve along the TCFD journey. We expect to provide full disclosure on the Partnership’s climate risks and opportunities via the TCFD framework by April 2022.