Retailers to hit 2020 targets

Britain’s supermarkets are on course to meet their voluntary environmental targets.

New data released by the British Retail Consortium shows that the 25 signatories of the Better Retailing Climate initiative – which includes both food and non-food retailers – have made significant progress in a range of areas.

Since 2005 retailers have:

  • Reduced absolute carbon emissions from retail operations by 19% (against a 2020 target of 25%)
  • Cut energy-related emissions from buildings by 35% (50% target)
  • Reduced greenhouse emissions from refrigeration by 50% (80% target)
  • Reduced carbon emissions from store deliveries by 40% (45% target)

Some 91% of sites now measure water usage (100% target), whilst only 4% of waste ends up in landfill (less than 1% target).

The foodservice sector currently has no such benchmarking initiative in place.

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