Retailers sign up to new green goals
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has announced that the UK retail industry is signing up to a range of ambitious targets for reducing its impact on the environment, having beaten the previous set across all areas.
Commitments announced at today's A Better Retailing Climate launch event include a collective pledge to reduce absolute carbon emissions by 25 per cent by 2020, putting the industry well on course to meet the 80 per cent overall target set by the UK Climate Change Bill.
The event at the House of Commons will also mark the launch of a new report, A Better Retailing Climate: Driving Resource Efficiency.
The BRC's A Better Retailing Climate initiative is midway through its journey, one that has already seen massive positive change. The new report sees BRC members committing to an ambitious and challenging environmental strategy – one designed to make a significant impact on the way our goods are produced, sold and used in the home.
The new set of targets and commitments demonstrates that the UK retail sector is innovative, forward thinking and a true global leader in this area.
The report shows that the 25 signatories, who represent half of UK retail by turnover, exceeded all their targets for reducing waste, energy and water usage up to 2013. It also showcases what the industry is doing across a wide range of environmental areas including responsible sourcing, sustainable products and reducing water and energy usage.