Online fashion retail giant ASOS has reported a 21% reduction in operational carbon emissions per order over the 2020 financial year.
The progress means the reduction in operational emissions per order now stands at 45% since 2015.
In addition, the company has reduced absolute operational carbon emissions – including emissions generated in the running of the business, such as offices, inbound stock, customer deliveries and returns – by 13% over the reporting period.
The reduction in emissions were driven by several key projects – switching to renewable energy for three quarters of ASOS’ global electricity consumption across all sites, prioritising sea or road freight over air freight for inbound products and further enhancing recycled plastic content in packaging.
The latest achievement supports the retailer’s commitment to achieve net zero emissions across its entire supply chain by 2040.
ASOS CEO Nick Beighton said: “We’re incredibly proud of what our teams have achieved against a very difficult backdrop. A 21% year-on-year reduction in operational carbon emissions per order is a significant achievement that shows our efforts to decouple our growth from our carbon footprint are having an impact. We know we have more to do in this area and we’re looking forward to sharing more on that very soon.”