Our Environment

In a resource-constrained world, with challenging and changing legislative landscapes and the visible threat of climate change, our aim is to develop the Partnership in the most efficient and considerate way.


Over the course of 2015/16, our physical estate has grown.  We have opened 15 new shops, a new dotcom fulfilment centre and a national distribution centre and have continued to adapt our distribution network as we respond to ever-changing customer needs.

In 2015 we updated our Responsible Development Framework to reflect emerging trends and further embed it within our design and construction processes.  From now on, projects – including new construction, refurbishment and minor capital works – will be subjected to new and improved processes as part of our revision to the Framework.  The Framework also includes new targets on health and wellbeing and climate change adaptation. Find out more at our dedicated Responsible Development Framework site.

David Cebon, Cambridge University

'We have been delighted to continue our close collaboration with the John Lewis and Waitrose Freight Team this year.  The aerodynamics research has progressed in leaps and bounds. Their road tests verified the predicted 7% reduction of CO2e emissions, which is a great result.'


David Cebon, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Cambridge University

See Operational Emissions for more detail.

Highlights 2015/16

  • All electricity contracts within our contractual control are now from renewable sources
  • Commended at the Lux Awards 2015 for implementation of energy-efficient LED lighting in our shops
  • Reduced Waitrose’s total food waste generated by 11%*
  • Reduced carbon emissions per £m sales by 50.7%*
  • Achieved our target to divert 98% of our operational waste from landfill.


  • Appraising and investing in the most appropriate technology to make our buildings as efficient as possible
  • Encouraging Partners to play their part in driving down energy consumption and waste production.

*We engaged KPMG LLP to undertake an independent limited assurance engagement, reporting to the Partnership, over selected information