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.

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: 4% reduction compared with last year, and 33% 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: 93% 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 new disclosure requirements for listed companies under the Companies Act, the table below shows the Group's greenhouse gas emissions during the financial year:

2014
Tonnes of CO2 equivalent
2013
Tonnes of CO2 equivalent
Combustion of fuel & operation of facilities (Scope 1)38,57638,506
Electricity, heat, steam and cooling purchased for own use (Scope 2)117,950122,794
Total Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions156,526161,300
Intensity metric: tonnes of CO2e per £m of turnover41.945.3

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 2013) issued by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). We report our emissions data using an operational control approach to define our organisational boundary which 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

David Keens
Director
20 March 2014