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John Lewis Partnership plc Sustainability Review 2014

39 Transport

We’re tackling transport emissions to increase efficiency and reduce our carbon footprint. Energy-efficient trucks, reduced mileage and clear targets are helping us distribute and deliver responsibly.

Transport emissions (tonnes CO2


Our aim e per £m sales) 8.4 8.4

Carbon emissions from distribution contribute to 16% of our total carbon footprint. We set ourselves the target of delivering a 15% reduction in energy-related transport CO2

equivalent (CO2 e) emissions 2011 2012 2013

All years relate to our trading year. Download additional data here


Secure a 15% reduction in energy-related transport CO2

emissions from deliveries by year-end 2013/14 relative to £million sales against a 2005/06 baseline.

Reduce absolute CO2 e

emissions from transport by 15% by 2020/21 against a 2010/11 baseline.

Achieved Not achieved Ongoing e 2014

from deliveries by year-end 2013/14 relative to £million sales (2005/06 baseline), which we have not met – we are currently at a 10% reduction. Our new target is to reduce absolute CO2

e emissions from transport by

15% by 2020/21 against a 2010/11 baseline, and we continue to focus on a number of key areas to support this aim. This is particularly critical as we grow our multichannel service offering, with the accompanying growth in deliveries across our network.

Improving our fleet DUAL-FUEL TRUCKS

We have increased our fleet of gas dual-fuel trucks from 8 to 34 this year. These articulated vehicles run on a mixture of gas and diesel. Currently, they mostly run on gas from the grid, which provides a modest carbon saving, but we are aiming to run them all on biomethane – fuel derived from organic matter that makes it a renewable source of energy – which we anticipate will result in a reduction of around 35% per vehicle. Working with Imperial College Biofuels Department, we are seeking supplies of biomethane from sustainable sources to power these vehicles, and working with Government to allow the benefit of using biomethane to be reflected in carbon reporting.

We have built six ‘Ultra Low-Carbon Demonstrator’ vehicles. These are also articulated tractor-trailer combinations, designed to combine the results of our work on aerodynamics with Cambridge University Engineering Department with a refrigeration unit on the trailer that can be operated without a separate engine to achieve a carbon reduction of up to 50% per vehicle. This is one of two projects in which we are involved, part-funded by the Department for Transport, to test low-carbon vehicle technology. These vehicles will be used in our mainstream operation, but will also be subject to an extensive testing programme to verify the benefits and accurately measure all emissions.

On smaller vehicles, we are developing a new high-productivity home delivery van for Waitrose. Through improved working methods and extra refrigeration, these vehicles will be able to make more deliveries per day, reducing overall distance driven, and hence carbon emissions. For further information on refrigeration in transport see page 36.

Reducing mileage

Work continues across all Partnership vehicles to minimise fleet mileage by making sure we use as much of the available load space as possible. In addition, we minimise empty running by using return journeys to deliver suppliers’ goods into our warehouses. By doing this, we have saved almost 3 million miles this year.

We have increased our fleet of gas dual-fuel trucks from 8 to 34 this year.






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