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John Lewis Partnership plc annual report and accounts 2012

Environment

As a minimum, the Partnership meets or exceeds all relevant environmental legislation. Where no environmental legislation exists we will seek to develop and implement our own appropriate standards. We take all reasonable steps to manage our operations so as to minimise our environmental impact and to deliver excellence in environmental practice across our business.

Graph showing Environment Performance Indicators

During 2011, we focussed our efforts on embedding our carbon footprint reduction programme. This includes a target to reduce operational carbon dioxide (CO2 the end of 2020/21 against a 2010/11 baseline.

It was anticipated that emissions would rise for a couple of years before decreasing in response to the implementation of a range of emissions saving projects. Our CO2 equivalent emissions grew by 2.5% in 2011/12 to 530,147 tonnes, a period in which gross sales grew by 6.4%.

In order to reduce our operational emissions the Partnership is focussed on:

• Energy

In 2011/12 energy efficiency of our shops improved by 8.0% in Waitrose and by 2.8% in John Lewis. During 2011, we built two pilot energy centres at East Cowes on the Isle of Wight and at Bracknell, Berkshire where biomass fuelled combined cooling, heating and power plants will provide energy to the adjacent Waitrose stores.

• Transport

 Against our target to reduce transport CO2 equivalent emissions by 15% relative to turnover by 2013, we have made an improvement of 7.9% against our 2005/06 baseline. Progress has been achieved by: reducing miles driven using smart scheduling; minimising empty vehicle journeys; increasing the use of double deck trailers and improving loading efficiency; improving fuel consumption by optimising driving styles; reducing drag through the widespread use of aerodynamic aids; and using alternative fuels such as pure plant oil, bio-methane, natural gas and electricity which reduce emissions and improve local air quality.

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