How COVID-19 impacted on our 2020 emissions
Since 2009 we have reduced carbon emissions by 23% against a baseline that has been measured and independently verified. However, our emissions increased slightly in 2020. This was due to the impact of COVID-19, specifically:
- Heating & Ventilation An increase of 601 tonnes of carbon due to increased heating needs as greater ventilation was required to keep our employees and customers safe.
- Vehicles brought home & additional parcel deliveries An increase of 3,330 tonnes of carbon was due to:
- Employees being given permission to bring their vehicles home to give them confidence in their vehicle’s cleanliness and to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
- Additional parcel deliveries as bricks and mortar retail networks were closed. Although we have increased the number of EVs, diesel vehicles still make up a sizable portion of our fleet with the associated additional carbon emissions.
The planned roll-out of additional electric vehicles, eco-driver training and stringent energy management will ensure that emissions reduce in 2021 and get back on track to achieve our carbon emission reduction ambitions.