Kingfisher follows M&S’ footsteps for green plans

The owners of B&Q are set to follow Marks & Spencer in a path to become more sustainable. Kingfisher, which owns B&Q and Screwfix, published its ‘2012 Corporate Responsibility Report’ […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The owners of B&Q are set to follow Marks & Spencer in a path to become more sustainable.

Kingfisher, which owns B&Q and Screwfix, published its ‘2012 Corporate Responsibility Report’ last week following an announcement in March about its new sustainability project ‘Net Positive’.

The report comes after M&S published its own commitments to address social and environmental issues such as energy saving, carbon emissions and waste management.

In its new report, Kingfisher claims its customers saved around 2,513 million kWh of energy through the use of energy efficient products and services last year, which is equivalent to creating 130,898 energy efficient homes. This follows one of its commitments in the ‘Net Positive’ plans to create energy savings equivalent to 2.5 million energy-efficient homes.

Ian Cheshire, Chief Executive of the company said: “With Kingfisher Net Positive we want to understand how to go beyond doing less harm, to actually being a force for good… It’s something that will inspire our colleagues across all of our operating companies to really make a difference.”

The company also aims to ensure every product is remade, recycled, reused or biodegradable, with a number of research projects being looked into.

The four key areas Kingfisher aims to focus on are energy, innovation, timber and communities.