Corporate Social Responsibility
Debenhams Sustainability Report
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We have reported our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for our UK, Irish and Danish operations since 2008. Since then, our footprint boundary has evolved to include areas such as other international offices, packaging, production of hangers, and manufacture of catalogues, brochures and direct mail.

With the support of Ricardo Energy & Environment, we have applied the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard (revised edition), and the UK Government Conversion Factors for Company Reporting, 2019, to calculate our carbon emissions. We follow the GHG Protocol’s Scope 2 emissions reporting guidance and use two different quantification methods: location-based and market-based [1]. Scope 2 emissions using the market-based method are lower than with the location-based approach, mainly because of our decision to purchase 100% renewable electricity in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The overall 2019 carbon footprint figures have decreased by 15%, from 140,352 tonnes CO2e in 2018 to 119,707 tonnes CO2e in 2019, a saving of 20,645 tonnes CO2e. In addition, Debenhams set a target in 2008, to reduce group-wide scope 1 and 2 absolute operational CO2e emissions by 10%, by 2020 and we are pleased to announce we exceeded this target by reducing CO2e emissions by 55% against the 2008 baseline.

FY2013 FY2014 FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019
Scope 1 17,786 15,989 19,668 14,241 13,721 9,135 8,613
Scope 2 (location-based) 139,607 149,068 139,354 125,453 103,754 81,887 68,457
Scope 2 (market-based) Not Calculated: Market-based method was introduced in FY2016 113,134 81,914 78,091 63,532
Scope 3 16,687 28,308 31,908 64,442 60,137 49,329 42,636
Total 174,080 193,365 190,930 204,136 177,612 140,352 119,707

*Total emissions calculated using the location-based Scope 2 emissions figure

[1] The location-based method reflects the average emissions intensity of grids on which energy consumption occurs, whereas the market-based method reflects emissions from the electricity that companies have chosen in the market (or their lack of choice).