Environment

We aim to use energy efficiently and minimise waste…

…because we know climate change is a real threat and we want to do our bit to reduce environmental impact from our operations.

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Greggs Environmental Management System is certificated to the ISO 14001: 2015 standard

This certification means that we have the right systems and processes in place to support our commitment to reducing our impact on the environment, which is a key part of our social responsibility strategy. 

Our external auditors commented that “Greggs should be really proud of what they have achieved. It’s quite unusual for companies in their position to go for certification across their entire Company just because they believe ‘it is the right thing to do’ – a huge achievement and one which should not be under‑estimated.”

Carrier bag charge, #greenerwithgreggs

We use the money raised by the carrier bag charge to support the important environmental initiatives delivered by both national organisations such as Keep Britain Tidy and Surfers Against Sewage as well as grass roots projects.  Read more here.

Saving energy and water, and reducing waste

A number of our regional bakeries have photovoltaic panels on their roofs, which in 2016 generated 923,576 kWh of electricity.  We install energy-efficient LED bulbs in all new and refitted shops and our new self-service drinks fridges have doors to stop the cool air being lost.

We have continued to invest in driver efficiency training for our delivery fleet and this, along with our telematics system which monitors driving performance, continues to improve fuel efficiencies.

All of our manufacturing site waste is diverted from landfill and we strive to redistribute as much unsold food as we can from our shops through our Food Donation Programme.

Every year we hold an Environment Week to engage all team members in the importance of saving energy and water, and reducing waste.  We were proud to achieve Platinum Status in the BiTC Enviromental Index, 2016.

Carbon footprint

We complete the Carbon Disclosure Project on an annual basis and use the findings from this to help develop our carbon reduction process for the future.  In 2015 we achieved our target to reduce our carbon intensity by 20% v 2010.  Since then we've reduced it by a futher 5.9%.  We are proud holders of the Carbon Trust Standard in recognition of our work on carbon efficiences.  Read more here.

Find out more about our policy on a number of key topics