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

A general increase in sales has meant that all areas have shown increases in volumes over the previous twelve-month period. Please see confirmation below of this year’s and last year’s numbers for comparison in kilos supplied.
in kgs
​in kgs
Oxy-bio bubble 5,082 5,775 693
Poly covers   3,914 4,230 316
Stretch          18,818 19,183 365
Corrugated            235,000 250,000 15,000

The change last year of using a third party transport company to deliver to the Scottish and Northern English stores, we believe, will have saved in the region of 1,280kg of CO2 every month, or an annualised saving of 15 tonnes of CO2.

As the total weight of corrugated material has increased, our continued commitment to fully recycled papers has minimized the cost to the environment; we estimate that at these volumes around 600 trees have been saved versus an 80% recycled mix product (on the basis that every tonne of recycled paper used instead of virgin kraft paper saves twelve trees).

We continue to work closely with our suppliers to explore any opportunity that might help to improve the impact of Safestore’s business on the environment.

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Report

This report was undertaken in accordance with the mandatory greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions reporting requirements outlined in the Companies Act for listed companies, which requires us to report on our GHG emissions each financial year. This report contains our GHG disclosure for the 2016/17 financial year.
Our GHG report covers the period 1 September 2016 to 31 August 2017 and during this period there were 109 stores in the UK and 26 stores in France. Altrincham, Birmingham Goliath and Emerainville were opened between September 2016 and October 2016, which fall into the 2016 financial year, and Chiswick and Combs-la-Ville were opened in November 2016 and June 2017, which fall into the 2017 financial year. For the purposes of the GHG report, these five stores are all reported as new stores as they opened within our GHG reporting period (1 September 2016 to 31 August 2017). The Deptford store closed in August 2017, which falls into the 2017 financial year, so is also included. This report contains the following environmental data for all 135 of our stores that were open during the reporting period: GHG emissions, electricity consumption, electricity transmission and distribution, gas consumption, water consumption, waste generation (recycling, landfill and energy from waste) and business travel.

Greenhouse Gases Statement

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