Sainsburys targets carbon neutrality by 2020

Over the next 20 years, Sainsburys is committing £1 billion towards improving sustainability across its operations.

The £1 billion is to go across all of its operations, focusing on reducing carbon emissions, plastic packaging, food waste, water usage and increasing recycling, biodiversity and healthy and sustainable eating.


By 2025 Sainsburys is to halve its plastic packaging, and by the end of this year all hard-to-recycle plastic packaging from its own brand ranges are to be replaced with recyclable alternatives. Recycling in its own operations is to increase too, and there are to be initiatives to make it easier for customers to recycle.

The retailer is to work with its supply chain to improve sustainability too.

Outgoing chief executive Mike Coupe said: “We have a strong heritage of reducing our carbon emissions – we have reduced them by 35% over the past fifteen years despite the footprint of our business increasing by over 40%.

“We 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,” he added.

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