Retailers come together to tackle climate change

Over 60 leading retailers have come together to support the British Retail Consortium’s Climate Action Roadmap which aims to bring the retail industry and its supply chains to net zero by 2040.

This follows anannouncementmade earlier in the year where twenty major retailers signed adeclarationto develop the Climate Action Roadmap to tackle the causes of climate change.

The Climate Action Roadmap sets out five areas of action: 

• putting decarbonisation at the core of all business decision making;

• reducing carbon emissions from shops and distribution centres;

• moving to net zero logistics operations;

• increasing sustainably sourced products; and

• helping customers and employees to live low carbon lifestyles.

By 2040 the British public can expect to buy or rent products knowing they have minimal impact on the climate. The BRC believes the opportunities to reduce carbon emissions in retail are huge from algae-based carbon-absorbing clothes; shops and cafes powered by energy captured from customers’ footsteps; to drone delivery and even products ‘printed’ at home by 3D printers.

However, for this vision to be realised, and for the UK to be a global leader in the transition to a zero-carbon world, the retail industry and Government must work in partnership.

The roadmap builds upon theBetter Retail Better Worldcampaign whereby retailers are leading the charge to meet some of the biggest global challenges of the coming decade.The launch of the Climate Action Roadmapbegins a 20-year journey through which the industry will combat climate change and help customers live low-carbon lifestyles. The plans for the roadmap will be outlined in detail at theUNFCCC Race to Zero Dialogues on 10thNovember 2020.

Helen Dickinson OBE, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium said:“Climate change is a threat that none of us can afford to ignore. The BRC Climate Action Roadmap is a clear and decisive statement that the retail industry is ready to take on this challenge - to be part of the solution. By 2040, we want every UK customer to be able to be able to make purchases – in store and online – safe in the knowledge that they are not contributing to global heating.

“Never before has an entire industry been so ambitious in tackling climate change. Retail is the critical gateway between vast international supply chains and every one of us as citizens. We have a fantastic opportunity to make a real global difference if we can all work collectively.”

• The 63 retailers are ALDI, All Saints, Ann Summers, AO, ASDA, ASOS, Barker and Stonehouse, Bensons for Beds, Body Shop, Booksellers Association, Boots, Burberry, Central England Co-operative, Co-op, Costa, DFS, Dixons Carphone, Dunelm, Greggs, Harvey Nichols, Iceland Foods, IKEA, John Lewis, Partnership, KFC, Kingfisher, Lidl, M&S, Matalan, McKesson UK, Missguided, Morrisons, Mountain Warehouse, Musgrave, N Brown, Natural History Museum, New Look, Next, Notonthehighstreet, Ocado Retail, Oliver Bonas, Paperchase, Pets at Home, Pret UK, Primark, Radley & Co, Reiss, River Island, Sainsburys, Schuh, Scotmid, Seasalt Limited, Simba Sleep, SPAR, Superdry, Ted Baker, Tempur UK, Timpson Group, TK Maxx & Home Sense, Very Group, WH Smith, Whittard of Chelsea, Wickes and Wilko.

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