Safestore and Our Environment

Our scale means that we need to focus on reducing our impact on the environment whilst working with suppliers who are committed to sustainable business practices.

We strive to:
  • minimise waste production and promote reuse and recycling where possible;
  • ensure the safe handling and disposal of waste products;
  • continue to deploy cardboard recycling facilities across our stores;
  • reduce our energy usage through a range of initiatives;
  • work with our suppliers to build more sustainable supply chains and;
  • use eco-friendly solutions when building new stores and, as a minimum, building to the BRE Environmental Assessment Method..
During the year, we have achieved:
  • an overall recycling rate of 62% with the recycling collections in place at all of our sites up 13 percentage points on last year;
  • 95% of lighting now controlled by motion sensors in our stores;
  • full LED lighting and LED emergency lights fitted within ten stores and is expected to show a 30% saving on our energy bills;
  • two of our new stores have been fitted with photovoltaic solar panels, which will significantly increase the kWh we generate and;
  • a “Green Wall” built at the rear of our newest store in Chiswick. The vertical garden will soften the store’s exterior which faces residential properties and will become a haven for bees and British wildlife in the summer months.

Our Packaging Range

Oxy-biodegradable bubble sales remain similar, within 500 kg of previous year, as do polythene cover sales, within 200 kg; stretch film reels are slightly up by 1,500 kg.

The change in logistics approach for the northern stores from July 2016 will show in time a reduction in overall transport emissions and environmental impact as our logistics partner uses their vehicles more efficiently as they are already travelling to the area and we would have to make a special journey.

small-box-pack_380x230.jpgWe estimate that with the reduction in movement of our vehicles this will save around 1,280 kg of CO2 per month, so already saved over five tonnes and would expect to save just over 15,000 kilo’s over a year.

We are always looking out for more environmentally friendly solutions for all of our product range and will continue this process.

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Report

This report was undertaken for the UK mandatory GHG reporting legislation, which requires the Company to report its GHG emissions for the latest financial year. The Capstone Consultancy (“Capstone”) has been commissioned to compile our environmental data including: GHG emissions, stationary energy use, waste generation and water use.

The data collected covers all of the Company’s sites in the UK and in France (including the twelve new stores that were acquired through the acquisition of Space Maker Stores Limited (“SMS”) which completed on 29 July 2016).

Greenhouse Gases Statement

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