Environmental Matters

NEXT recognises that it has a responsibility to manage the impact of its business on the environment both now and in the future. For several years we have measured and reported against environmental targets for NEXT in the UK and Eire. The targets are measured from 2007 and look forward to 2015/16.

Key areas of focus are:

  • Energy use and emissions from stores, warehouses, distribution centres and offices
    Target: Electricity consumption – 35% reduction in kg CO2e/m2
    Progress: 3% reduction compared with last year, and 30% electricity reduction achieved to date
  • Fuel emissions from the transportation of products
    Target: Retail Distribution – 10% reduction in litres of fuel used/m2
    Progress: Target achieved in 2012 with 16% reduction
  • Waste created in stores, warehouses, distribution centres and offices
    Target: To send less than 5% of operational waste to landfill
    Progress: 91% of operational waste diverted from landfill achieved to date

Greenhouse gas emissions

In our Corporate Responsibility Report last year we provided detailed information on NEXT's global emissions footprint. In accordance with the disclosure requirements for listed companies under the Companies Act, the table below shows the Group's greenhouse gas emissions during the financial year:

2015
Tonnes of CO2 equivalent
2014
Tonnes of CO2 equivalent
Combustion of fuel & operation of facilities (Scope 1)48,74747,764
Electricity, heat, steam and cooling purchased for own use (Scope 2)129,491117,950
Total Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions178,238165,714
Intensity metric: tonnes of CO2e per £m of sales44.2544.09

Note: 2014 Scope 1 has been re-stated as a result of data reclassification relating to transport from Scope 3 to Scope 1

Methodology

The methodology used to calculate our emissions is in compliance with the 'Environmental Reporting Guidelines: Including mandatory greenhouse gas emissions reporting guidance' and the UK Government's GHG Conversion Factors for Company Reporting (June 2014) issued by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). We report our emissions data using an operational control approach which means we include emissions from all parts of the business where we are able to control activities and operating policies. This approach meets the definitional requirements of the Regulations in respect of those emissions for which we are responsible, following the guidelines and principles of the WBCSD/WRI Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

NEXT remains committed to reducing its carbon footprint by reducing energy consumption throughout its operations, minimising and recycling waste, cutting transport emissions and reducing the packaging in our products.

On behalf of the Board

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David Keens

Director

19 March 2015