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Protecting our natural resources, minimising waste and reducing our carbon footprint are all fundamental parts of our sustainability agenda and we acknowledge our responsibilities and the part we can play in effective management of the wider environment.

Carbon Footprint and Energy Reduction

Co2e emissions per £'m of revenue reduced from 31.35 tonnes in 2019 to 26.80 tonnes in 2020, a reduction of 14.5 per cent.

Covid-19 had a positive impact on the Group's direct and indirect emissions in 2020 due to a significant part of our operations being closed for several weeks during the first lockdown.

Many office-based colleagues continued to work from home during 2020 with the majority of meetings being held virtually.  this directly reduced emissions from our own fleet of cars as well as the indirect impact from significantly reduced personal mileage to and from work.  The Group has continued to remove fluorescent and halogen lighting from many locations, replacing them with LED lighting which has resulted in a reduction of energy usage by approximately 30 per cent. Our investment in LED lighting during 2019 and 2020 continues to contribute further to the reduction in Scope 2 emissions. The development and communication of our sustainability strategy during 2019 and 2020 has also increased colleague awareness of the part they play in conserving energy. As part of the Group’s broader commitment to sustainability, all businesses remain committed to ensuring that their electricity contracts are from renewable sources or are supported by REGO certification when they are renewed.  Chadwicks entered into an agreement during the year with Energia, Ireland’s leading business energy company for the supply of 100 per cent green power to Chadwicks’ 50 locations in Ireland while Isero also entered into a contract for the supply of 100 per cent green energy.

Fleet & Logistics

Over recent years, many older, less-efficient commercial vehicles have been replaced by Euro 6 low emission standard vehicles. This replacement programme continued during 2020, with the addition of 88 vehicles. Investment by Selco in Compressed Natural Gas commercial vehicles is an exciting development as part of the Group’s long term commitment to reduce our carbon footprint. Isero expanded its commercial fleet during the year with the addition of six fully electric vans. During 2020 hybrid and plug-in hybrids were added to the company car choice list and a further review carried out during the year resulted in the addition of electric vehicles to all grades in the UK and Netherlands for 2021. The majority of vehicles on the UK choice list now have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km. This will start to impact on our overall emissions as we replace the existing diesel vehicles over their four-year cycle. Electric vehicle charging points have been installed in several business locations and their usage will be assessed as part of this pilot project.

Pollution and Waste

We fully acknowledge our responsibility to protect our natural resources, to minimise waste sent to landfill and to reduce our carbon footprint. During the year, Group businesses maintained their focus on waste segregation and recycling to further reduce the quantity of waste sent to landfill. The Group landfill diversion rate (a measure of the amount of waste that is diverted away from landfill) improved from 84 per cent in 2019 to 90 per cent in 2020, primarily as a result of ongoing work with Biffa and Reconomy to recover and recycle more of the waste generated by Group businesses in the UK. We will continue to manage our resources to minimise our impact on the wider environment as part of our sustainability agenda.

Timber Sourcing

The Group has implemented a Timber Sourcing Policy which sets out our commitment to the sourcing of sustainable timber products and to meeting international certification standards. Under this Policy, Grafton businesses that source timber products must produce an annual summary specifying either the certification (FSC and/or PEFC) or the chain of custody of the timber products sourced.

A number of Grafton Group businesses have FSC and/or PEFC certification in place which is specific to individual timber categories or timber types.

The Timber Group are active members of the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) and their compliance includes FORS Silver, FSC and PEFC Chain of Custody, ISO 9001 & 14001.

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