We’re switching off and cutting back

We’re working hard to cut back the energy we use and to reduce carbon across our business – from existing and new stores right through to our depots and even the transport we use. Saving energy also means saving money, and all these actions add up to help us save millions of pounds which we can pass onto our customers.

Cutting our energy and carbon

Helping cut your energy and carbon

  • Bright ideas. We’re trying new ways to cut the energy in our stores. From using more natural light, to renewable energy to power our new low carbon stores, like at our Bootle store.

  • Power supply. As part of our global goal with Walmart, we’re reducing CO2 across our global supply chain.

  • On a roll. We’re rolling back our road miles and becoming more travel savvy. We’ve switched from road to rail, and have new double deck trailers to carry even more products in one go.

  • Helping you to help. We’re improving our products and replacing them with more environmentally friendly options – making it easy for you to reduce your impact!

  • Light on cost. We were one of the first UK retailers to slash the price of energy-saving lightbulbs so you don’t have to choose between price and the planet.

  • Coming to you. We’ve rolled out our home shopping coverage to most of the UK to save you having to drive to our stores.

Our work so far (2005-2011):

Store energy/operations:

    Existing stores
    • We’ve reduced carbon emissions from existing stores, offices and depots by 33%*.

    New stores
    • We’ve achieved a 46%* carbon reduction.

    • Our eco-friendly Bootle store is 40% more energy efficient and emits 50% less CO2 than a standard new build store.

    New depot model
    • We built our first purpose-built sustainable depot using eco-friendly timber and reclaimed brick from older buildings and industrial areas.

    Carbon footprint
    • Despite opening 150 new stores, we saw a 15.8%* absolute reduction in our carbon footprint between 2007 and 20012.

    • We’ve already reduced the emissions from our transport fleet by 47%.

    Our plans (2012-2015):

      • Continue to be more energy efficient and achieve flat energy usage by 2020 (from 2012 levels).

      • We are aiming for 30% of our energy to come from renewable sources by 2015.

        Existing stores
        • We are on target to reduce our energy consumption in existing stores by 35%* by 2015.

        New stores
        • We’re aiming for new store carbon emissions to be reduced by 60%* in 2015, compared to 2005 levels.

        New depot model
        • We’re aiming for a 30% incremental reduction by 2015, compared to 2005 levels.

        Carbon footprint
        • We're aiming to remove 20 million metric tonnes of C02 out of our global supply chain by 2015.

        • We’re aiming for a 60%** reduction in emissions from our transport fleet.

        • We are introducing fuel efficient 'eco' tyres and double deck trucks to increase loads and reduce the vehicles on the road.

        *absolute reductions, which means that even though we’re growing as a business, the total amount of carbon we produce has gone down since 2005.
          **from a 2005 baseline
          Sustainability | Energy

          We’re working hard to reduce energy across our operations. From 2007-2013 our energy efficiency programme resulted in savings of £41.9 million. By 2020 we are aiming for flat energy usage, based on 2012 figures, irrespective of future growth.

          Save energy

          Investing in efficiency

          Every year, we invest £10-15 million to improve energy use and reduce carbon emissions from our stores, depots and offices. Since 2005, we have reduced energy use by 33% in existing stores and 45% in new stores. The energy saved is the equivalent to that used by over 60,000 homes every year.

          Read more.
          Posted in Sustainability | Energy on 07 October 2014
          Sustainability | Carbon Footprint

          Since 2005, we’ve been reducing carbon emissions across as many parts of the business as possible.

          In 2007 we started measuring emissions produced from our operations, which includes our stores, offices, and travel. It means we can assess our carbon footprint, figure out where our biggest impacts are, and measure our progress on reducing them.

          To read our footprint reports, follow the links below:

          Asda’s 2012 carbon footprint

          Asda’s 2011 carbon footprint

          Asda’s 2010 carbon footprint

          Asda’s 2009 carbon footprint

          Asda’s 2008 carbon footprint

          Asda’s 2007 carbon footprint

          Regional Footprints

          In 2010, for the first time, we produced a separate carbon footprint for our Scottish operations, so this year we are able to show the reductions achieved over the past year. Overall Scotland saw a reduction in emissions of 29,314 *tCO*2e in 2011 compared with 2010, a reduction of 17.4%.

          For the 2011 footprint this approach has been extended to provide separate footprints for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England. A short overview of the results can be found here.

          09 December 2011
          Sustainability | Store Energy

          At Asda, we’re saving energy, carbon and money by being more energy efficient across all our stores, depots and offices. None of this would be possible without the whole of the Asda team.

          With over 180,000 colleagues across the business, every action, big or small, adds up to make a big difference.

          Read more about our efforts to save energy
          21 February 2011
          Sustainability | Transport

          We have over 400 stores and our depots and offices are dotted all around the UK, so it’s easy to rack up the road miles! We’re looking at how we reduce the miles our transport fleets travel by thinking about the types of journeys we make.

          We’ve taken action everywhere, from field to supermarket shelf. It’s taken everything from new technology to the commitment of our colleagues, and everyone from drivers to depot managers. But since 2005 we’ve travelled 17 million fewer miles, cutting the carbon emissions we produce by 42%.

          What we're doing to reduce our road miles
          21 February 2011