John Lewis pledges to be net zero by 2050

John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners shops, head offices, distribution centres and all other UK sites will have a net zero carbon footprint by 2050 at the latest, and its entire transport fleet by 2045.

The company will achieve this by cutting gas emissions and says it will not be purchasing offsets and has set a series of targets along the journey, including a promise that by 2028, it will remove a third of carbon from its operations through a significant investment in new refrigeration technology, biomethane-powered trucks, electric vans and renewable electricity.

The new targets build on significant emissions reductions already achieved, including a 70 per cent reduction in emissions achieved last year against a 2010 baseline - two years before the 2020 deadline the company had set itself.

In addition, the company will continue strengthening the responsible development standards it applies to every construction project. To date, over 110 Waitrose & Partners and John Lewis & Partners shops have been certified under the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) process, which benchmarks the environmental performance of buildings. This means the Partnership has the highest number of BREEAM-certified buildings of any UK retailer.

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