Retailers Pledge 25% Reduction in CO2 Emissions

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Retailers Pledge 25% Reduction in CO2 Emissions

Members of UK retail industry body the British Retail Consortium including McDonald’s, Asda and Sainsbury’s have pledged to reduce their absolute carbon emissions from retail operations 25 percent by 2020 based on 2005 levels as part of a raft of environmental targets covering waste, transport, resource efficiency in buildings, water and refrigeration.

The other  new targets are:

  • Resource efficiency in buildings: Signatories will cut energy-related emissions from buildings by 50 percent by 2020, accounting for growth, compared with 2005 levels.
  • Refrigeration: Signatories will reduce emissions from refrigeration gases by 80 percent by 2020, relative to floor space. They will begin phasing out HFC refrigerants by 2015 and replace them with non-HFC refrigerants, in line with the Consumer Goods Forum Commitment.
  • Transport: Signatories will reduce energy-related carbon emissions from store deliveries by 45 percent by 2020, compared with 2005 levels.
  • Water (retail operations): Signatories will measure water usage in sites collectively anticipated as accounting for 100 pe cent of usage by 2020. They will set a reduction target when the targets are reviewed in 2015.
  • Retail waste: Signatories will divert waste from landfill so that less than 1 percent of their waste is landfilled by 2010.

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