B&Q to offer environmental scheme for 30,000 staff

B&Q is to help its 30,000 employees reduce their energy bills and their carbon footprint with a programme of eco-incentives that could save up to an estimated £4.2 million and over 19 million kg of carbon dioxide.

Over the next three months, all 30,000 employees will be able to take up energy-saving incentives including special discounts on energy-saving bulbs, insulation and energy-efficient thermostats. Each month there will be a different discount available.

A special internal online forum has also been set up for employees to share their green tips and stories. Cash prizes for eco-ideas and eco-heroes are available and are awarded through nominations by colleagues.

The programme is part of B&Q’s endorsement of the Prince of Wales’ Start initiative which launched in February 2010.

Euan Sutherland, chief executive officer of B&Q and Kingfisher UK, said: “We want to make it easier for our colleagues and customers to green up their homes and we hope our support of the Prince of Wales’ Start initiative, together with the investment we are making in special discounts on eco products for our employees will mean as many of us as possible will be able to make a start in our own homes.”

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