Our plan helps us to promote environmental stewardship across our whole product value chain, including our own stores and buildings. In the past year we have invested in a brand new distribution centre, which is a high performing environmentally friendly building.
We have increased the use of LED lighting across our stores and in the new distribution centre, and will have drastically improved recycling facilities in the new building when it is up and running later in the coming year. We will report on our progress next year. Through the use of LEDs in our store estate we achieved an 8% reduction in our carbon footprint per square foot of store space.
Around 40% of our estate now have smart meters installed, helping us to monitor electricity consumption across the estate. We know that heating / cooling and lighting can make up to 95% of our energy consumption, and we have used the data from smart meters to draw up energy saving guidance for stores. This recommends actions managers can take to best reduce energy consumption without compromising store operations. We have already issued some guidance to stores and we aim to use the data from the Smart Meters to help us to provide season specific quarterly information for stores on general performance and reminders on best practice.
We are working hard to increase the amount that we recycle in our business through our products, our offices and in our stores. All of our carrier bags, catalogues and ecommerce bags are made from recycled materials, degradable or sourced from certified sustainable sources, and our main labelling supplier has been certified to high standards of environmental sustainability. We have engaged a textile recycling and re-use partner to deal with the samples that inevitably accumulate in a clothing business, with a target that none of the garments that we control ending up in landfill.
We are also exploring the possibility of installing textile recycling points in some of our stores to allow customers to increase their clothing recycling rates, and the potential to use more recycled fabrics in some of our clothing ranges. We’ll be working on these opportunities over the coming year.
In our new distribution centre, we have vastly increased capacity for recycling our packaging waste. This is due to the installation of a semi-automatic cardboard baler and 4 plastic compactors in the building, with recycling points on all 4 floors, making it far easier for our team to recycle plastic and cardboard packaging.
 BREEAM rated ‘Very Good’ and EPC rating A.
 5,547,000kg of carbon to 341,780 square feet of store space in 2014-15 (16.23kg/Sq. Ft.) vs 5,743,000kg of carbon to 383,502 square feet of store space in 2015-16 (14.98kg/Sq. Ft.).