John Lewis Partnership (JLP) announced today (Wednesday March 20) that all John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners shops, head offices, distribution centres and other UK sites will have a net zero carbon footprint by 2050 at the latest – and its entire transport fleet will be zero carbon by 2045.
The retailer said it will reduce its operational greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 at the latest, without purchasing offsets, in line with the pathway set by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to limit global warming to 1.5C.
JLP director of corporate responsibility Benet Northcote said: “We recognise that urgent action is needed to keep global warming below 1.5C to avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate breakdown, and we are responding with our most ambitious set of targets yet, aiming to decarbonise as much as we can in the next 10 years and setting out a clear path to becoming a net zero operation.
“It’s of paramount importance to us as a co-owned business to ensure JLP is prepared for the future. We are now only one generation away from 2050 and we are committed to playing our part in transitioning to a zero carbon future.”