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Carbon Reporting

We are committed to managing the environmental impacts of our operations and the products that we sell. Environmental management also makes good business sense: using resources efficiently and minimising energy and fuel use to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions helps to reduce cost. We regularly review progress against our objectives and targets, aiming for continual improvement year on year.

Managing our carbon emissions

Global GHG emissions data for period 1 September 2017 to 31 August 2018
in tonnes of CO₂e


% of carbon footprint


Scope 1 emissions

Combusion of gas to heat and cool WHSmith stores, offices and distribution centres.

2,659 10% 2,653

Scope 2 emissions (location-based)

Electricity purchased for WHSmith's own use to power, light and heat stores, offices and distribution centres.

18,667 67% 21,419

Scope 3 emissions

Combustion of fuel for the transport of products from distribution centres to tores using vehicles owned by third parties. Also emissions from WHSmith employee business travel (by air, rail and owned and non-owned motor vehicle). 

6,430 23% 7,094


27,756 100% 31,166