Looking at more sustainable alternatives to the materials in our collections is one way we can address this. We are beginning to address other impacts too, with efforts being made to reduce our carbon and waste footprints.
Roughly 30% of our carbon emissions come not from the manufacturing of our collections, but the operating and running of our stores, headquarters, warehouses and transport.
We realise this is a significant percentage, so we’re working towards bringing the impact of it right down. We have set some ambitious climate targets for to become net zero in 100% all of our scope 1 & 2 operations, and an absolute reduction of 46% of all scope 3 by 2030 (2019 baseline data). In order to do this, we have undertaken a review of our entire business operations to understand where our biggest impact is. Our Scope 3 makes up 98% of all our emissions, which include our supply chains, and the materials we use to make our products. We have created a roadmap, which will be implemented across our whole business, which includes working with our transport & logistics operators, in addition to moving to 100% more sustainable materials in our products. However, we have started to make some changes; since 2019 we switched to 100% renewable energy on all our UK Sites.
To ensure we are working to best industry standards, we have committed to setting science-based targets, putting in place greenhouse gas emission reduction targets that align with climate science and the Paris Climate Agreement by 2022.
To give some context, The Paris Climate Agreement was signed by 195 of the world’s governments to try and limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius. SBTs give companies a clearly defined path to future-proof growth, mainly by specifying how much and how quickly they need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.