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Retail carbon emissions fall by 49%

Tue 18 May 2021 | 12:04 pm GMT
Michelle Urquhart | Products of Change Writer

Retail is moving forward quickly with reaching net zero

Leading retailers have smashed 2020 carbon reduction targets according to the latest data from the British Retail Consortium which shows that carbon emissions have fallen by 49% since 2005. New data from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) also shows that carbon emissions in store have fallen 46%, while emissions from store deliveries fell 84%. These targets form part of the BRC’s Climate Action Roadmap whereby over 70 leading retailers have pledged to help the UK retail industry and its supply chain reach Net Zero by 2040. There is still much more needed to reach this ambitious target by 2040. Retailers have pledged to decarbonise stores by 2030 and deliveries by 2035; the roadmap will focus on the key challenge of working with suppliers to ensure that products sold are also net zero by 2040. Peter Andrews, head of sustainability at the British Retail Consortium, said: “It’s a fantastic achievement to have halved greenhouse gases from our stores and lorries in little over a decade. However, we recognise we can do much more by helping drive decarbonisation across our supply chains and supporting our customers, the British public, to live lower carbon lifestyles through the products they buy. Our Climate Action Roadmap sets out our path to net zero operations and supply chains by 2040.” Reaching Net Zero will require a collective effort by the whole retail industry. The BRC recently announced that Steve Murrells, Co-op Group CEO, will chair the steering group of the Climate Action Roadmap that aims to drive forward these targets. The steering group includes CEOs and Senior Executives of some of the country’s best-known retailers, including Sainsbury’s, Iceland, IKEA, Mountain Warehouse, Dunelm and Feelunique and will establish and oversee the strategy and progress in getting the UK retail industry to Net Zero by 2040.
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