Close the Door News

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Bristol CtD for Climate week

Sue did this great interview for Radio Bristol and an event in Clifton on Thursday, signing up new shops. A fantastic end to the cold season!

Friday, 25 March 2011

Usdaw releases statement

Usdaw released this statement today.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Claire Perry, MP for Devizes, gives her support

Many Thanks to Claire Perry MP who says,
"Substantial and cost-effective reductions in carbon emissions from buildings will be an essential part of the UK’s ambition to mitigate the worst effects of climate change. Retailers who keep their doors open while heating or cooling the store are wasting significant amounts of energy. The Close the Door campaign asks retailers and customers to stop this by simply closing the shop door. This will help retailers to lower their costs as well as make a significant contribution to reducing their carbon emissions
The scale of the UK’s carbon reduction challenge is such that we need precisely these kinds of measures if the UK is to cut carbon emissions significantly. This innovative idea is an illustration of the Government’s Big Society vision, where individuals, communities and groups join together to achieve common goals. It is critical that we all pay attention to reducing energy use and emissions."

Fenwick support

'Fenwick are pleased to support the Close the Door campaign to encourage other retailers to close their doors when using heating or air conditioning.'

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Usdaw supports with the campaign

Usdaw (the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers)

'Usdaw is pleased to support the work of the Close the Door campaign to improve conditions for shop workers. As well as wasting money and energy, open shop doors in winter can cause great discomfort to staff who may spend all day in cold or fluctuating temperatures. Closing the door when it's cold outside makes both staff and customers more comfortable and is something all shops should be doing.'

This is very important - just how poor working conditions can be when shops leave their doors open in cold weather was highlighted by recent data from Cambridge University. A cause for shame in the UK in the 21st Century.

Wickes/Travis Perkins backs the campaign!

"At Wickes we close our door when heating and cooling our shops as part of our 'Green Thinking' ethos. That way we save significant amounts of energy and keep our staff and customers comfortable at the same time. Wickes supports the Close the Door Campaign."

And now support from the John Lewis Partnership

'The John Lewis Partnership fully supports the aims of the Close the Door campaign. We take our responsibility to the environment very seriously and know that increasing the energy and resource efficiency of our business must underpin our growth plans. We have made a commitment to reduce our absolute operational carbon emissions by 15% by 2020/21, against a baseline of 2010/11. Ensuring our shops are energy efficient, benefitting both our customers and Partners, is key to achieving this. We have policies and mechanisms in place to ensure we keep the street doors of our John Lewis and Waitrose shops closed and have gone to lengths to install automatic doors across the majority of our shops with street openings.'

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Eco-Schools on CtD

Thursday, 3 March 2011

M&S backs campaign!

Wonderful news! M&S says
"Marks & Spencer is pleased to support the Close the Door campaign and is committed to energy conservation and reducing our energy consumption. As part of our Plan A commitments, we are working towards reducing our total energy usage by 35% by 2015. We are achieving this target by investing in energy efficient technologies, encouraging our store colleagues to be more energy aware and increasing consumption monitoring across our store and office estate. Our store doors are an important part of our energy strategy and we always ensure that our mixture of automatic and manual doors, lobbies and revolving doors not only save energy but keep our customers and store colleagues safe and comfortable. We continually look at ways to increase our doors efficiency and are currently trialling intelligent auto door opening controls to reduce the number of unnecessary openings. "
Watch this space!