Sainsbury’s pledges to become Net Zero by 2040

Sainsbury’s is committing £1 billion over 20 years to becoming a Net Zero business in line with the goal to limit global warming to 1.5°C, the highest ambition of the Paris Agreement.

The Paris Agreement is an agreement made by nearly 200 parties within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, dealing with greenhouse-gas-emissions mitigation, adaptation, and finance, signed in 2015. One of the key focuses of the agreement is to keep global temperatures rise ‘well below’ 2.0°C and ‘endeavour to limit’ them to 1.5°C.

The supermarket chain’s commitment focuses on reducing carbon emissions, food waste, plastic packaging and water usage – and increasing recycling, biodiversity and healthy and sustainable eating

Sainsbury’s will work collaboratively with suppliers and will ask suppliers for their own carbon reduction commitments.

Mike Coupe, ceo of Sainsbury’s, said: “Our commitment has always been to help customers live well for less, but we must recognise that living well now also means living sustainably.

“We have a duty to the communities we serve to continue to reduce the impact that our business has on the environment and we are committing to reduce our own carbon emissions and becoming Net Zero by 2040, 10 years ahead of the government’s own targets, because 2050 isn’t soon enough.

“We have a strong heritage of reducing our carbon emissions – we have reduced them by 35% over the past 15 years despite the footprint of our business increasing by over 40%. We have invested £260 million in over 3,000 initiatives over the last decade, including the start of our LED lighting programme and refrigeration. Over the next 20 years we will invest a further £1 billion in programmes that will transform the way we do business and put environmental impact at the forefront of every decision we make.

“We recognise that we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to make the changes needed to help the planet exist sustainably. We have over 27 million customers each week and almost 180,000 colleagues, and we hope that we can collaborate across industries and sectors to help create momentum and drive meaningful change. Only when the trajectory for global warming slows to a maximum of 1.5°C will we all know that we can truly live well for less now and in the future.”

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