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The John Lewis Partnership, which owns John Lewis and Waitrose, has become the first UK retailer to have its net-zero targets validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
The initiative, a global body enabling businesses to set ambitious emissions reductions targets in line with the latest climate science, has validated the Partnership’s target to become net-zero across its own operations by 2035, and wider supply chain by 2050.
John Lewis Partnership is also he first retailer in the world to have validated SBTi science-based targets focused on greenhouse gas emissions originating from ‘forests, land and agriculture’, which make up part of our total emissions footprint alongside the energy used to run our stores and make our products.
Marija Rompani, Director of Sustainability at the John Lewis Partnership, said:
“Reaching net-zero by 2050 means transforming our business in every way, from how we design our goods to last, how we and our suppliers power our farms, factories and stores, and how we make it easier for our customers to make more sustainable choices.
“To be the first retailer globally to set forest, land and agriculture science-based targets gives us great pride. It will be the bedrock of our plans to protect and restore nature and tackle the climate crisis over the years to come.”
The work currently underway to achieve carbon neutrality at the retailer includes:
- Converting gas heating for stores, including at John Lewis’ Cheadle Royal location, to heat pumps powered by renewable electricity.
- Testing and demonstrating to farmers and suppliers how to lock carbon in the soil and move to more sustainable fuel and energy sources for food products.
- Offering fashion rental for occasion and childrenswear and developing product standards for longevity, recyclability and use of more sustainable materials to reduce the environmental impact of clothing products
Simon Winch, Environment Lead at the John Lewis Partnership, said:
“Coming up with a set of credible targets for our road to net-zero is the culmination of many months of focused work and determined preparation. Validation by SBTi gives us great confidence in the targets and our plans.
“But we know this is only the start. The validation of our science-based targets will turbocharge the change needed in our business to transform how we operate and help ensure that the world remains in sight of limiting global warming to no more than 1.5°C.”
Luiz Amaral, Chief Executive Officer of the Science Based Targets initiative, said:
“Climate science tells us that we need rapid and deep emissions cuts if we are to achieve global net-zero and prevent the most damaging effects of climate change.
“The John Lewis Partnership’s net-zero targets match the urgency of the climate crisis and set a clear example that their peers must follow.”