Kingfisher Group has come together with global home improvement retailers to launch a new collaborative task force that aims to reduce the sector’s Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions – those that come from retailers’ supply chains and from how their customers use the products they buy in their homes.
Kingfisher is a founding member of this worldwide task force alongside Adeo which operates in Europe, South America, South Africa; Bunnings covering Australia & New Zealand; Cainz in Japan; The Home Depot in North America; Europe-based Hornbach and OBI; Kesko in Scandinavia; and Sodimac in South America.
The home improvement retailers aim to create consistent methodologies in how carbon data is created through the supply chain, share best practices and accelerate the sector’s progress in reducing emissions.
This is especially important as Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions make up more than 90% of their overall emissions.
“As retailers, reducing emissions in how our products are made and used is our biggest challenge. But it’s also an opportunity,” said Thierry Garnier, Kingfisher Group chief executive and president of the trade body.
“Many of the products we sell help customers afford to create better homes that are more resource efficient, using less energy and water.
“While a number of EDRA/GHIN members have been working on measuring and addressing their Scope 3 impacts in their own businesses, it is a highly complex area with many shared challenges.
“By coming together, hopefully we can find more consistent, simpler ways to drive down our emissions. I invite home improvement retailers from around the world to join us in this new task force.”