Sainsbury's vows to become 'net zero' by 2040 and will pump £1BILLION into eco-friendly policies

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Supermarket giant Sainsbury's has vowed to pump £1billion into environmental policies in order to reach 'net zero' by 2040.

The ambitious target is some ten years ahead of the UK government and would see the company halve its plastic packaging and food waste.

Retailer - Action - Carbon - Emissions - Food

The retailer said it will also take action to cut carbon emissions, food waste, plastic packaging, and water use, and increase recycling and healthy eating.

Another scheme outlined by the UK's second-largest supermarket chain is a deposit and refund scheme for plastic bottles to boost recycling.

Sainsbury - Today - Plans - Warming - Target

Sainsbury's today revealed its plans will aid in limiting global warming to 1.5°C — the most ambitious target of the Paris Agreement.

It intends to recycle more of its own waste, use more renewable energy and expand facilities to help customers recycle unwanted items.

Initiatives - Clothing - Metal - Cans - Glass

These recycling initiatives will encompass clothing, metal cans, glass, paper, batteries and other materials.

Sainsbury's will endeavour to halve plastic packaging by 2025 and slash food waste by 50 per cent by 2030.

Measures - Fridges - Cent - Fleet - Fuels

Other measures include making fridges as efficient as possible, running 20 per cent of its fleet on alternative fuels by 2025 and switching all lighting in stores to LEDs by 2022.

Sainsbury's also announced plans to minimise water use, fitting stores with rainwater harvesting facilities, lowering the amount of water in bathrooms and looking to recycle water from ice on fish counters and car washes.

UK - Supermarket - Commitment - Scale

It claims to be the first UK supermarket to make a commitment of this scale.

The announcement builds on previous announcements from Sainsbury's relating to environmental initiatives.

Plastic - Film - Fruit - Vegetables

Where possible plastic film on fruit and vegetables will be replaced or removed.

Sainsbury's is committed to reduce food waste by 50 per cent by 2030. This involves developing new packaging and labels to increase shelf life.

Company - Food - Donation - Programmes - Place

The company supports 2,093 food donation programmes in place and plans to increase the...
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