Climate action

Climate change continues to be one of the biggest threats to our planet. Urgent action is needed to keep global warming below 1.5C to avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate breakdown. 

 

The non-renewable energy sources used to power a number of our shops, fossil fuels used in our transport fleet, and manufacturing in our global supply chains, all create greenhouse gases warming the earth's surface and changing our climate. As a responsible retailer we must reduce our consumption, find renewable energy alternatives, and look critically at our impact across our entire value chain and take action.

OUR STRATEGY

We will continue with our ambitious operational carbon reduction and energy efficiency programme. We’ve brought forward our net zero carbon target across our entire operations by 15 years to 2035. This will be achieved without purchasing offsets. Any small amount of greenhouse gas emissions we cannot reduce to net zero we will offset in our operations by producing renewable energy.

 

We are looking beyond our own operations and at ways to reduce carbon emissions across our value chain, starting with our agricultural supply chains where we have already set a new target to ensure greenhouse gas emissions from our UK farms are net zero by 2035.

 

We will assess the climate risk and opportunities faced by our business, report on these, and put metrics and targets in place to address these risks.

TRANSPORT

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We’re decarbonising our operations as quickly as possible through significant investment in new, greener technologies. Transport contributes over 40% of our total carbon emissions and that’s why we have invested in biomethane fuel for our 600 heavy goods vehicles, which run on food waste rather than diesel and all will be converted to biomethane by 2028. We will also stop using fossil fuels across our entire 4,800 strong transport fleet by 2030.

ELECTRIFICATION OF VEHICLES

As we continue to work towards electrifying our vehicles such as our delivery vans, we are exploring how to deliver the charging infrastructure. We are looking at advanced charging technologies including vehicle to vehicle, and demand led charging, to align with planned delivery routes.

BUILDINGS

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We’re considering a number of initiatives to further improve the energy efficiency and associated carbon emissions from our stores. We have developed a ‘store of the future’ programme including digital twins of several of our branches so we can virtually model the effects of engineering and energy efficiency measures. The store of the future has the ability to virtually model branch energy consumption scenarios to look into how our stores will react to future temperature and climate scenarios. This insight will become invaluable when looking at new technologies and, in the future, will enable us to trial efficiency measures virtually. The ability to trial more initiatives will lead to  a more efficient and effective research and development pipeline. 

 

We continue to deploy the pioneering ‘Air Door’ technology which lessens hot and cold air infiltration into a building, thereby reducing refrigeration, heating and cooling energy consumption. 


To find out more regarding our energy efficiency progress read our latest Ethics & Sustainability Progress Report.

RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK

Our Responsible Development Framework continues to be applied to branch maintenance and refurbishment activities, and we continue to ensure that the process is embedded throughout all maintenance, refurbishment and development projects.

JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

CLIMATE REPORTING