TURNING THE DIAL DOWN:
Reducing Our Energy Use
How we think about our energy use
Scope 1 & 2
Scope 1 covers the Green House Gas emissions that we generate. For example, while running our heating, ventilation and vehicles. Scope 2 emissions are generated indirectly when we buy electricity or energy that is produced on our behalf.
We work hard to reduce our emissions in Scope 1 and 2 by reducing energy use and improving efficiency in our stores and in head office. For example, we use an intelligent building management system to control and monitor our energy consumption. We’ve also invested in a Euro 6 vehicle fleet to transport our products from warehouse to store.
We report our Scope 1 and 2 emissions every year through our Streamlined Carbon and Energy Reporting.
We are working on a project to map and analyse our energy use in Scope 3. Our procurement and buying teams will ask for information from our suppliers about their energy use. We’re pleased that many of our suppliers are already able to break this down for us.
A deeper dive into our energy use
Every year, we publish a ‘Streamlined Energy and Carbon Report’ showing the carbon emissions generated within our UK business. This report calculates the energy and carbon we use to run our business, heat and light our buildings and transport our goods around the UK.
2020-21 was Matalan’s second year of reporting under the Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting framework. The data below covers our UK operations under Scope 1 and 2 of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.
We will meet our Carbon Net Zero commitment by 2050.
We will be honest about our understanding of our energy use and emissions through our supply chain in our annual sustainability reporting.
We will not publish vague or un-costed plans to reduce energy.
We will only promise what we can deliver.
Our Ambition By 2025
Communicate a credible pathway to net zero across Scopes 1, 2 & 3.
Join Textile 2030 and develop the capability to track our emissions in Scope 3.
Partnerships and support networks
We’re members of a number of leading industry groups dedicated to helping retail businesses to reduce their carbon footprints. This includes the British Retail Consortium Climate Roadmap.
We’re working with our key suppliers to understand how they report energy used in producing, packing and shipping our products.
We’re making energy efficiency a shared responsibility for everyone in our business. We have a ‘Thrive’ award dedicated to innovation and leadership in this area.
Technology and efficiency
We’re working with partners and landlords to identify energy savings through the use of more efficient technology to heat and light our buildings such as solar panels, LED lighting, air source heat pumps and voltage optimisation technology.
Accountability for climate
Climate change is a strategic issue for our business, and our whole board is accountable for managing it. Because of the specialist nature of the topic, we have set up an energy action group led by our Chief Financial Officer and our Director of Operations. They are responsible for making sure climate is factored into strategic decisions made within the business.