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Corporate Responsibility

Carbon & Energy

Carbon 2020 strategy

In 2015, we developed a new carbon strategy, Carbon 2020, to reduce our carbon intensity every year until 2020. Carbon 2020 defines key ambitions for the business that focus on reducing our energy consumption, and delivery and packaging emissions, while increasing our renewable energy usage. Please see our performance and commitments page for more detailed information.

48,336 tonnes CO2 ASOS’ carbon footprint (financial year ending 31 August 2015). 4% Reduction in carbon intensity (measured by grams CO2 per customer order).
A-rated Energy Performance Certificate achieved by our Barnsley fulfilment centre. 76% Reduction in lighting electricity consumption at our Barnsley fulfilment centre.

During the last 12 months, we have actively acknowledged our responsibilities in relation to climate change with a programme of investment in resource-efficient technology and processes. We expect to see our carbon intensity further reduce next year as energy savings from a 100% low carbon LED lighting installation at our Barnsley fulfilment centre are realised.

Louise McCabe
Director of Corporate Responsibility, ASOS

Carbon footprint

For the year ended 31 August 2015, our total carbon footprint rose to 48,336 tonnes of CO2 (compared to 2014: 44,331 tonnes). Overall, emissions have increased by 13% compared to the previous year, primarily due to improvements in data quality and an expansion of our reporting scope. However, we have reduced our carbon intensity by approximately 4% (measured by grams of CO2 per customer order) by:

  • Significantly lowering flight and courier emissions.
  • Improving energy efficiency at our data centre.
  • Implementing more accurate data capture methods.
Greenhouse gas emission by source - 7% mailing, packaging, 15% premises, 5% Business travel, 73% Third-party customer deliveries Grams of greenhouse gas emitted per customer order(gCO2e): 2014-2015 - 1,623.79, 2013-2014 - 1,687.27, 2012-2013 - 2,161,47 , 2011-2012 - 1,611.97, 2010-2011 - 1,330.70

Intensity metrics for the last five years were re-calculated this year due to the inclusion of data centre and packaging assessment emissions within our carbon footprint measurement for the first time.

Separately, we are working with the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) to measure and reduce the carbon, water and waste footprint of our own-label products.

Our carbon footprint assessment includes all applicable Scope 1 and 2 sources and some Scope 3* – as stipulated by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

  • Scope 1 emissions come from sources that are owned or controlled by the company, such as natural gas consumption.
  • Scope 2 emissions account for greenhouse gas emissions from electricity and heat that is purchased from and generated by a third party.
  • Scope 3 includes all other indirect emissions such as those from customer deliveries, business travel and commuting.

Carbon footprint

Energy efficiency in our buildings

Emissions from our buildings make up the second-largest proportion of our carbon footprint, which is 15%. The measures we have taken to improve building energy efficiency over the last year include:

  • Completing energy audits of all of our buildings, as required under the UK Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme to identify where our biggest energy-efficiency gains can be made.
  • Replacing all of the lighting at our Barnsley fulfilment centre with low-emission LED alternatives.
  • Carrying out a renewables appraisal at Eurohub 2 so that renewable energy generation can be factored into the building design.
  • Upgrading parcel sorting machinery at our Barnsley fulfilment centre to a 50% more energy-efficient system.

Parcel sorting machinery

We are working hard to ensure that any new premises we build are constructed with environmental savings in mind. Energy sustainability has been, and continues to be, a key consideration in our plans for our new fulfilment centre, Eurohub 2, in Germany.

Gary Beveridge
Director Of Supply Chain Development, ASOS