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Business Ethics - how B&Q tries to be ecologically aware.

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Assignment Brief; Energy policy B&Q Part 1 a) In 2007, B&Q stores in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland began changing their stores to make up for the current climate change. All B&Q stores are worked on to ensure they are as environmentally friendly as possible. They do this by making sure their stores, practices and even products are energy efficient. Raising awareness to the customer of the benefits of using the products with lower environmental impact has a major help on the company to make drastic changes to the energy consumption used. The Corporate Leader Groups on Climate Changes' (CLGCC) Chief Executive, Ian Cheshire, reflects the active role in the area. He brings together other business leaders from major UK and international companies who believe that there is an urgency to develop new and long-term policies for tackling climate change. B&Q Operations: Since 1994, B&Q have been doing trials in store design and redesign to help improve on the energy efficiency within the stores. An example of this is the company have trialled passive ventilation where vents on the roof harness wind power manually to ventilate offices and retail space. After this trial they made this procedure stand across all their stores nationwide. From 1998 and onward, all of B&Q's stores have been fitted with a Trend Building Management System. ...read more.

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The company has being going through trials in the store design to help with the energy efficiency since 2004. They have trialled many different ways of reducing the energy used such as trend building management systems and passive ventilation. The trend building management system helps to control the lighting and heating within the stores. It also fits around 15% of the roof with translucent panels in order to help on energy savings. I feel that these procedures can be effective in many ways as they can be controlled to synchronise with natural daylight and temperature to help increase savings. Having these changes to the building in my opinion will allow the company to save and improve the store in many other ways. The new Malden store which opened in 2007 includes a ground source heating pump, vertical axis wind turbines and many more different energy saving features. This technology will not only help to improve on savings it will also have an impact on the environment as the store will be using natural resources to help supply the store with energy that's needed such as heat and lighting. Although these stores have introduced all of these new energy efficient ideas they have also introduced the "carbon clean-up campaign" at their head quarters which will get staff to engage in the uptake of environmentally sound policies such as switching off all computers and monitors when not in use and using recycle bin and closing all doors and windows to preserve heat. ...read more.

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They have set targets to reduce their carbon footprints. They have done this by signing up to 10:10 which sees them striving to further educe their emmisions, by making their electricity to be zero by 2023, for all their new stores to be zero carbon by 2012 and to reduce their co2 by 90% by 2023. So far they have achieved: * 16% absolute reduction in total CO2 against a 06/07 baseline * Our new store at New Malden includes a variety of low carbon technologies, including solar panels and ground source heat pumps * 12% reduction in CO2 from electricity - store lighting accounts for more than half of our carbon footprint. We've invested in technology to provide a half lighting solution in 40 sites * 2MW wind turbine operational at Worksop distribution centre from February 2009 * B&Q was one of the first twelve organisations to achieve the carbon trust standard * 7% reduction in CO2 from store heating Part 3 b) B&Q have saved a huge amount of money after changing their services to protect the environment. Some of the changes made may take time make a profit again for example the lighting installations. This will be because some of the changes may have had substantial start up costs but through their benefits they will pay back in the long run. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jaymie - lee howard Page 3 23/03/2011 ...read more.

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