Customers consistently tell us how important energy efficiency is to them. So we work hard to offer them the best range of energy-saving products. Highly energy-efficient LED bulbs will soon make up 60% of our unified range, and we’ve lowered their prices too. Just one of many smart changes that add up to make a big difference: we’ve already saved our customers almost £750m in energy bills. That’s enough to power each of the 1.3m homes in Paris for well over a year.
We’re leading by example and making our own properties more efficient, too. LED lighting has been installed in 27% of stores, up from 15% last year. The Screwfix warehouse at Trentham generates more than a third of its own power through solar. While the newly reopened Castorama in Antibes – our first energy positive store – will be adding the excess solar power it produces to the local grid.
Behind the scenes we're reducing energy use and cutting carbon emissions in our stores, offices and transport. This reduces our costs and enables us to play our part in tackling climate change - a major long-term threat to social and economic stability. We support strong government policy that facilitates the transition to a low-carbon economy.
What we're doing
Becoming carbon positive, so that every Kingfisher store and customer's home will be either zero carbon or generate more energy than it consumes, is a challenging goal.
We'll know we've achieved this when a customer can visit any of our stores and be able to purchase all the products and services they need from us to create a zero carbon or carbon positive home.
Our energy saving products include insulation, draught-proofing and low energy lighting and appliances. We also offer advice and project planning tools to help with their energy efficiency projects and our companies are also launching installation services that make it easier for customers who want to save energy, without taking on the project themselves.
Our customers are now saving 10.8TWh of energy every year through the energy-saving products they've purchased from us. Since 2011/12, we estimate we have saved our customers over £750 million a year, based on the average UK household energy bill.
We are improving energy efficiency through building design, energy monitoring and management and upgrades to lighting and equipment. All our companies have an Energy Resilience Plan to show how they will achieve our 2020 target for energy intensity. These are integrated into our five-year planning process, to increase awareness among our leadership and to ensure that budget is allocated for energy efficiency projects. We have reduced energy intensity by 15% since 2010/11, achieving our milestone but energy intensity increased year on year and considerable work is needed to reach our 2020 target.
We work with NGOs, other businesses and governments to promote solutions that will speed up the transition to a low-carbon economy, including being active participants in the Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group (CLG).