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Sainsbury’s brings forward net zero target to 2035

Earlier this year, the supermarket chain committed to reduce its Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas emissions by 30% by 2030, with a long-term commitment to be net zero by 2050 across its value chain

Sainsbury’s has revealed that it is ramping up its sustainability efforts by aiming to become net zero by 2035, five years ahead of previous targets.

Earlier this year, the supermarket chain committed to reduce its Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas emissions by 30% by 2030, with a long-term commitment to be net zero by 2050 across its value chain.

By the end of the year, Sainsbury’s said it will aim to be using 100% renewable electricity across its estate, and “significantly” reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.

The retailer stated it also has cut its carbon footprint by 47% in the last 17 years despite its space increasing by over 40%.

To help achieve its target Sainsbury’s will install 100% LED lighting across its supermarkets by the end of this year, reducing lighting energy consumption by 70% and store energy consumption by 20%.

This follows a financial investment of £320m in the past ten years, funding more than 3,100 sustainable initiatives.

Simon Roberts, CEO of Sainsbury’s, said: “The progress we’ve made has enabled us to accelerate our own targets and move faster to cut our emissions.

“Tackling the climate emergency requires collaborative and transformational thinking across industry and government, and a willingness to work together and share learnings globally, so that we can all take meaningful, immediate action.”

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