As B&Q and Bioregional celebrate ten years of partnership through its One Planet Home sustainability programme, Hayley Baines-Buffery explores how we’ve worked together to translate ambition into action
Long before companies embraced the idea of science-based targets, we encouraged the UK’s biggest home improvement retailer B&Q to break from the business norm and set ground-breaking sustainability targets. These were based on what is needed to prevent catastrophic climate change and provided the basis for a pioneering sustainability strategy.
The strategy we helped develop had one goal: to make B&Q a truly sustainable company. It was structured using One Planet Living, our easy-to-understand sustainability framework.
Rather than base carbon targets on estimated savings connected to planned initiatives or activity, we advised B&Q to set targets based on how to avert climate change disaster: a bar-setting 90% reduction by 2023 from a 2006 baseline.
Other bold commitments include 100% responsibly sourced timber and 100% reduction in peat use by 2020.
These targets aimed to:
B&Q has been working with Bioregional since 2007 and together developed the award-winning One Planet Home programme. Bioregional has consistently delivered the strategic and technical support we need to ensure our sustainability ambitions are realised. They are a pleasure to work with and I can’t imagine a better sustainability partner for B&Q.Rachel Bradley, Head of One Planet Home, B&Q UK plc (2005 – 2018)
Energy use and transport, for example, continue to become more efficient, while supply chain risks are minimised and innovative new products and services are continually sought.
B&Q is also well-known in the sector with its commitment and progress recognised by a large number of prestigious awards, including the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development.
Cumulatively these efforts have had a huge impact in reducing B&Q’s impacts and improving its bottom line since 2006/7.
A saving of 762,546 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions through a 41% reduction in B&Q’s absolute carbon footprint
Reducing costs by £164m through better energy, transport and waste management
99% diversion of waste from landfill