Our Environmental pillar sets out our ambition to decarbonise our stores, transport, and operations, to fight climate change and protect the natural environment. But protecting the environment isn’t just about reducing our carbon emissions. It’s about how we use our resources like water efficiently, limit the waste we produce and how it is managed, and protect natural environments and biodiversity.
We are focused on three main goals:
- Be a Net Zero Business by 2040 across all three emissions scopes
- Delivering our near-term Science Based Targets
- Increasing our operational recycling rates and removing operational waste from our business
Wickes is a signatory of the British Retail consortium Climate Action Roadmap, which is a commitment to Net Zero across Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions by 2040.
Wickes near-term science-based emissions reduction targets
Target 1 - Operations (Scope 1 and 2)
Wickes commits to reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 emissions 42% by 2030 from a 2021 base year.
Target 2 - Goods and Services (Scope 3.1 Goods and Services)
Wickes commits that 45% of its suppliers by emissions will have science-based targets by 2027.
Target 3 - Use of sold products (Scope 3.11 Used of Sold Products)
Wickes Group plc to reduce scope 3 GHG emissions from the use of sold products 42% by 2030 from a 2021 base year.
In 2022 we undertook our first Carbon Disclosure Project and we were pleased to achieve a rating of B- placing us in the ‘Management’ category.
Operationally, our emissions are fairly evening split between the electricity we use to keep the lights on, the gas we use to heat our stores, and the vehicles we use to transport our goods. Decarbonising our estate over the coming years will be a priority. Read more about our plans to achieve this goal.
We produce a lot of waste through our operations and managing this is a huge area of focus for us. Currently 92.8% of our waste is recycled and 4.6% of our waste goes to energy recovery. 2.6% of our waste is not suitable for recycling or energy recovery and goes to landfill. We have set a zero waste to landfill target by 2025.
We recycle 97% of all the waste created during the installation of a ‘Do-it-for-me’ kitchen or bathroom project.
We do not use much water in our business operations. Most of the water consumption sits within our supply chain. We have used our Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) report to investigate the impact of water scarcity on our supply chain. This will help us to understand water sensitivities in our supply chain and help suppliers to manage their risk.
Although we do not expect our water consumption to be high, we know that water stresses will become more prevalent in the UK as temperatures rise, and will make sure we do our part to relieve these pressures.
Engaging with colleagues
We want to ensure that all our colleagues understand what being a responsible business means and how they can get involved. To do this, we have been holding sustainability sessions at departmental monthly meetings, as well as including a section to our online learning and development site, Wickes Campus, that introduces the fundamentals of climate change, the UK’s carbon reduction commitments and Wickes own ambitions.