We control our impact on the environment by continually looking for ways to use energy, materials and other resources more efficiently.
DFS has formulated an Energy Management Policy to support the reduction of our energy use where practical and consistent with the operational needs of the business. In 2015 we achieved ISO 14001 accreditation for our head office operations and are working to roll this out across our business.
We have continued to invest in new technologies such as energy efficient lighting schemes in our stores and factories. In addition we have introduced a biomass solution to heat one of our factories using waste wood from production.
We have also made changes made to our company car programme, with a move to more fuel efficient models achieving a 10% reduction in average vehicle emissions since the start of the new scheme.
Waste management remains an important consideration for the Group and in 2015 further progress has been made, with the level of recycling of cardboard increased by a further 4% compared to the previous year. We have also committed to achieving zero waste to landfill from our head office.
To support our commitment to further development of our environmental management, DFS has been a participant in Business in the Community’s Environment Index since 2013.