Next, Amazon UK, IKEA and Marks & Spencer (M&S) are among 20 major UK retailers that agreed to collectively create a Net Zero Roadmap for the retail industry this week, setting a more ambitious target than the 2050 national requirement.
In a statement organized by the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the group of retailers agreed to launch the roadmap in the run-up to COP26 in Glasgow, which was postponed to November 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The group will work with each other, BRC environmental experts and third parties to define the roadmap’s time-bound measures towards complete net decarbonization ahead of the 2050 deadline.
Three key areas, regarded as the UK retail sector’s largest sources of emissions, will be analyzed. These are comprised of upstream supply chains, customers and direct operations including shops, distribution centers, warehouses, transport and logistics.
The BRC says there is currently no other net-zero plan for the UK retail industry that incorporates any of those sources of emissions. Aldi, the Booksellers Group, Boots, Co-op, Costa Coffee, Dixons Carphone, Greggs, Kingfisher, Lidl, Missguided, Musgrave, Ocado, TJX, WH Smith and Morrison’s are all signers of the declaration. Some of these net-zero goals have already been announced deadline 2050 or earlier.