Leading grocers to develop roadmap to tackle climate change

Date : 02 July 2020

Nick Gladding

Senior Retail Analyst

Leading food retailers are among a group of 20 major retailers to sign a declaration to develop a roadmap to tackle the causes of climate change. The initiative, led by the BRC, will develop a common position ahead of the COP26 climate change conference, which will be held next year in Glasgow having been postponed due to the coronavirus crisis.

Commitment to decarbonise the entire supply chain

The declaration commissions the creation of a roadmap that will provide retailers with the guidance and support necessary to decarbonise. Not only are they committed to cutting carbon emissions associated with their shops, distribution centres and logistics, but also, and most importantly, their supply chains and the products people are buying every day.

Signatories include Aldi, Boots UK, Central England Co-operative, Co-op, Costa Coffee, Greggs, Lidl, Morrisons, Musgrave, Next, Ocado and WH Smith.

Building on previous progress

The research will be conducted by environmental experts and published in the form of a roadmap, along with a wider industry commitment, in the run up to COP26. The work will build upon the Better Retail Better World campaign whereby retailers reduced their carbon emissions from operations by over one third since 2005.

Rapidly shifting expectations of society

Peter Andrews, Head of Sustainability Policy at the British Retail Consortium, said:  “Climate change remains one of the biggest threats to the planet. As we start to recover from the coronavirus pandemic there is no better opportunity to build a greener more sustainable world. The expectations of society are shifting rapidly. Greater action from businesses is expected. Retail will lead the way. “Retailers, suppliers and customers all have their part to play in reducing their carbon emissions. This roadmap will be the first step towards a better, more sustainable future. It will then be up to wider industry and Government to implement the recommendations it set out.”

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