Retailers slash carbon emissions by half since 2005

This achievement is part of the BRC’s ‘Climate Action Roadmap’, which has led to more than 70 leading retailers pledging to achieve net zero emissions in their supply chain by 2040

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The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has claimed that leading retailers’ carbon emissions have fallen by 49% since 2005, surpassing the target of a 25% absolute reduction.

That is according to its new 2020 data, which suggests that carbon emissions have been slashed by 46% in stores and 84% in store deliveries.

These retail targets are part of the BRC’s ‘Climate Action Roadmap’, which it claims has led to more than 70 leading retailers pledging to achieve net zero emissions in their supply chain by 2040.

It is also forming a steering group to oversee these businesses’ journeys to achieving net zero and ensuring their targets are realised. Some of the leading retailers included are Sainsbury’s, Iceland, IKEA, Dunelm and Mountain Warehouse.

Peter Andrews, Head of Sustainability at the BRC, stated: “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 and 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.”