Report: UK Retailers making significant progress around carbon emissions, water management and waste reduction

LONDON, 2016-Mar-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — UK Retailers on course to meet ambitious 2020 environmental targets

Report shows industry making significant progress around carbon emissions, water management and waste reduction

1 March 2016

Britain’s retailers are on track to meet ambitious voluntary targets to cut the environmental impact of their operations, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC)’s latest progress report on its ‘A Better Retailing Climate’ (ABRC) initiative(1). This progress is notwithstanding an increasingly challenging business environment for retailers, driven by a range of factors such as: increasing resource scarcity, commodity price fluctuation, and changing shopping habits.

Some of the achievements to date by ABRC’s participating retailers as detailed in the progress report include:

– Cutting in-store carbon emissions by 35 per cent*, relative to growth, as well as working with suppliers to cut carbon emissions across their supply chains by sharing best practice via information exchange mechanisms
– Reducing greenhouse gas emissions arising from refrigeration by 50 per cent*
– Increasing the measurement of water usage to 91 per cent* and working with farms and factories to develop more sustainable water management practices throughout their supply chains
– Ensuring that 91 per cent of their palm oil is sustainably sourced
– Working with farmers and producer groups to reduce food waste and losses in agriculture by reviewing current product specifications and introducing ‘smarter’ ways to forecast (2)
*All figures are against 2005 levels when ABRC was launched

BRC Director of Food and Sustainability Andrew Opie said: “A Better Retailing Climate clearly demonstrates that creating and maintaining sustainable supply chains is at the heart of retail businesses. We fully appreciate the positive role we can play with suppliers and consumers in meeting head on challenges of climate change and resource efficiency. We are confident that we will meet by the year 2020, the ambitious voluntary targets we’ve set for ourselves.”

Please follow the link to access the full report: BRC A Better Retailing Climate Progress Report

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1. Launched in 2008, ‘A Better Retailing Climate’ is a voluntary initiative created by a group of leading retailers (representing half of the UK retail market) which sets out collective environmental impact targets, all of which were not only met but exceeded by 2013. A new set of targets were agreed in 2014, all of which are to be met by 2020. Today’s progress report is the latest assessment of progress made by the participants in meeting those targets.
2. As part of the A Better Retailing Climate initiative, in October 2015 the BRC published a combined retail food waste figure for 2014. This figure was published in a report which also details the practical steps supermarkets are taking to reduce food waste in the supply chain, in store and at home. For more detail see: BRC Food Waste Report


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Carrefour and the Gueules Cassées collective introduced new brand “Tous AntiGaspi” to tackle food wastage

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2015-12-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour and the Gueules Cassées (“Ugly Mugs”) collective have introduced a new brand – “Tous AntiGaspi” – in a bid to raise the awareness of the retailer’s suppliers of the need to tackle food wastage. These products have minor visual imperfections, and so are sold at a discount… although there is nothing wrong with the way they taste.

This is a first in Europe and is just one of many initiatives that the retailer is involved in to help tackle climate change.

With its “Tous AntiGaspi” products, Carrefour is working to help its suppliers make use of those of their products that are of non-standard shape

With this new “Tous AntiGaspi” brand, the retailer has come up with a solution that helps its customers, its suppliers and its employees to reduce food waste at all levels of the supply chain.

In April of this year, Carrefour launched a Camembert under the new “Tous AntiGaspi” brand in 228 of its hypermarkets; starting in January 2016, it will be launching a new breakfast cereal in north-eastern France, and will most likely expand it to include even more products, the aim being to support those of the retailer’s suppliers that are interested in reducing wastage of their rejected products.

To be included in the “Tous AntiGaspi” range, products have to meet the following criteria: they have to constitute a genuine solution to the problem of wastage, they have to be as good and as safe to eat as their graded equivalents, and they have to be discounted and sold as locally as possible.

“Tous AntiGaspi” products also have a charity dimension to them: for every product in the range that is purchased, one cent will be donated to food aid charities via the Microdon charity fund.

A partnership that shores up Carrefour’s waste reduction policy

Tackling waste of any kind is the mainstay of Carrefour’s CSR policy. In line with this commitment, the retailer has extended the use-by dates on more than 300 of its products in order to reduce food wastage at various stages of their life-cycle and to raise people’s awareness of this issue in stores.

This partnership is evidence of Carrefour’s pioneering commitment to bringing about responsible trade. Food waste is a challenge that we all have to take up together – one which involves us working closely alongside our customers and our suppliers.

SOURCE:  Carrefour



Carrefour and the Gueules Cassées collective introduced new brand "Tous AntiGaspi” to tackle food wastage

Carrefour and the Gueules Cassées collective introduced new brand “Tous AntiGaspi” to tackle food wastage