Pets at Home
- 4.1: Accellent
- 4.2: A.T.U.
- 4.3: Bharti Infratel
- 4.4: Biomet
- 4.5: Bis Industries Limited
- 4.6: Capsugel
- 4.7: Dalmia Bharat Cement
- 4.8: Del Monte Foods
- 4.9: Dollar General
- 4.10: First Data
- 4.11: HCA
- 4.12: KION Group
- 4.13: MMI
- 4.14: Oriental Brewery
- 4.16: Pets at Home
- 4.17: PRIMEDIA, Inc.
- 4.18: Sealy
- 4.19: SunGard
- 4.20: Tarkett
- 4.21: TDC A/S
- 4.22: US Foods
- 4.23: Van Gansewinkel Groep
- 4.24: Versatel
- 4.25: Visant
- 4.26: WILD Flavors
Estimated cumulative results (2009-2011)
- $4.3Min avoided fuel costs
- 6,000metric tons of GHG emissions avoided
- 15,000metric tons of waste recycled
Pets at Home is a leading U.K.-based specialty retailer of pet food and accessories and provider of pet-related services including grooming and veterinary services.
In 2011, as part of the Green Portfolio Program, Pets at Home continued measuring and managing energy consumption in its stores and distribution centers. In absolute terms, GHG emissions from these sources increased 27%, compared to a 2008 baseline, primarily due to an expansion in operations in both cases.
Over the same time period, efficiency has improved by approximately 19% (GHGs/square feet) at its distribution centers1 and improved approximately 10% (GHGs/square feet)2 at stores. The improvements in efficiency at the distribution centers have helped Pets at Home to avoid nearly £16,700, or approximately $25,500, in costs since 2008. Between 2009 and 2011, Pets at Home avoided more than 70 metric tons of GHG emissions from its distribution centers. Pets at Home expects its stores’ GHG efficiency performance to improve going forward, as the trend in 2011 suggests.
Pets at Home: Distribution Center GHG Efficiency (2008 Baseline)
|Avoided GHGs (metric tons)||10||10||50||70|
|Change in productivity - GHGs/square feet (%)||-8%||0%||-12%||-19%|
|Change in absolute GHGs (%)||-8%||7%||43%||39%|
Pets at Home: Store GHG Efficiency (2008 Baseline)
|Avoided GHGs (metric tons)||-1,500||-960||1000||-1,500|
|Change in productivity - GHGs/square feet (%)||6%||-2%||-8%||-10%|
|Change in absolute GHGs (%)||17%||17%||5%||23%|
In 2011, Pets at Home achieved these results through the following practices:
- Installed energy saving lighting at its second distribution center (SDC) recently acquired in Northampton.
- Installed a heat recovery system at its SDC
- Retrofitted existing stores with a time clock control system
- Began the installation of automatic meter reading for stores with the aim of establishing a baseline for average electricity usage
In 2012 and 2013, Pets at Home is continuing to focus on improving the energy efficiency of its distribution centers and stores, with a focus on its stores, and is considering or actively implementing the following practices:
- Completing the roll-out of automatic meter reading (AMR) by the end of fiscal year 2012/2013, finalizing the data requirements and establishing store benchmarks
- Using AMR data to correct store set points, identifying out-of-norm performers, and measuring ongoing performance
- Reviewing the mechanical and electrical design of stores and testing more efficient store design in new stores, e.g. trial alternative high bay lighting options
- Re-designing aquatic tanks with LED lights
- Reviewing retro fitting lighting options across the chain
- Reviewing air cooling/heating options
- Replacing manual doors with automatic doors
In 2011, as part of the Green Portfolio Program, Pets at Home continued measuring and managing the efficiency of its distribution fleet. In absolute terms, GHG emissions from the distribution fleet decreased approximately 21% compared to a 2008 baseline. Over the same time period, efficiency improved by approximately 42% (GHGs/carton shipped). These improvements in efficiency have helped Pets at Home to avoid approximately £2.8 million, or $4.3 million, in costs and almost 7,300 metric tons of GHG emissions since 2008.
Pets at Home: Fleet GHG Efficiency (2008 Baseline)
|Avoided GHGs (metric tons)||900||2,600||3,800||7,300|
|Avoided Costs (calculated through fuel consumed)||$477,000||$1,377,000||$2,453,000||$4,307,000|
|Change in productivity - GHGs/cartons shipped (%)||-12%||-22%||-16%||-42%|
|Change in absolute GHGs (%)||-1%||-15%||-7%||-21%|
In 2011, Pets at Home achieved their fleet results by implementing the following practices:
- Introduced a software package that allows downloading of Telematic data from each individual vehicle, ensuring better tracking and management of driver behavior
- Purchased a suitable compressor that will enable Pets at Home to carry out spot checks on vehicles under-performing on fuel performance and will also extend the life of tires
- Continued the replacement of existing fleet with Euro 5 compliant vehicles
In 2012 and 2013, Pets at Home will continue to focus on improving the efficiency of its fleet and is considering or actively implementing the following practices:
- Increasing load efficiency through identification of units of delivery to maximize space utilization
- Investing in four extra length trailers that are 15.65m rather than 13.6m in length and can carry nearly 10% more pallets of stock, generating a saving in kilometres travelled and therefore fuel and CO2 emissions of an expected 305 kilometres per day
In 2011, Pets at Home continued to focus on reducing and recycling waste from its stores and distribution centers. To measure the financial and environmental impacts of its improvements, it measured waste production and recycling rates against a 2008 baseline. Since 2008, Pets at Home has increased the waste produced in absolute terms by approximately 1% while improving its waste efficiency by approximately 26% (tons of waste/cartons shipped) over the same time period. These improvements helped Pets at Home to achieve an overall financial impact of an estimated £530,000, or approximately $802,000, by avoiding approximately 6,600 tons of waste and recycling more than 15,000 tons of waste since 2008. Pets at Home began tracking the revenue from recycled waste in 2011.
Pets at Home: Facility Waste (2008 Baseline)
|Avoided waste (metric tons)||1,700||2,300||2,600||6,600|
|Avoided Costs + Recycling Revenue||$167,000||$252,000||$383,000||$802,000|
|Change in productivity - tons waste/cartons shipped (%)||-21%||-6%||-1%||-26%|
|Change in absolute waste produced (%)||-10%||3%||9%||1%|
|Absolute waste recycled (metric tons)||4,900||4,900||5,200||15,000|
In 2011, Pets at Home achieved these results through the following practices:
- Continued recycling of cardboard and plastic across its stores and in its distribution center
- Continued collection of soiled animal bedding and shredded paper from its stores to send for either composting with the food waste from a major grocery retailer or for conversion to biomass energy
- Continued sale of collected cardboard for post-consumer use
- Invested in a new recycling facility at SDC together with processing equipment
- Reviewed waste contract to ensure the supplier of waste services was offering the most up-to-date recycling opportunities
In 2012 and 2013, Pets at Home will continue its focus on recycling waste and is considering or actively implementing new programs, including:
- Implementing a contract with a target of 75% landfill diversion for 1st year
- Sending all waste from the Support Office to treatment centers
- Sending general waste from stores to treatment centres where possible
- Continuing with employee awareness program on how to improve the quality of recycled materials through communications and visits by the new waste contractor
Pets at Home enrolled in the Green Portfolio Program in 2010 and is reporting results as part of the Green Portfolio Program for the second time. Pets at Home’s commitment to minimizing the impacts of its business on the environment dates back to 2003. For more information on Pets at Home’s activities, please visit their website.
Note: Reported numbers are rounded and may not produce the same results when used to analyze percent changes or total impact.
- In 2011, Pets at Home began including a second distribution center in its Green Portfolio Program data. In addition, PAH began a new method of tracking its energy use data, making it possible to disaggregate retail store and distribution center energy use data. Due to the new tracking system, the GPP results for energy efficiency are restated from those reported in 2011.
- In 2011, in order to align GPP goals with public Pets at Home environmental goals, the key GPP productivity metric for distribution centers was changed from “GHGs/cartons shipped” to “GHGs/square foot,” though both continue to be tracked as part of the program. In 2011, GHG efficiency declined by 66% as calculated by GHGs over cartons shipped, primarily due to the opening and temporary extra capacity at the new distribution center.
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