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We will help tackle climate change by reducing carbon emissions from our business, products and supply chains; and will become Forest Positive, creating more forests than we use by 2025.

Our targets

  • 100% responsibly sourced wood and paper for our products and catalogues by 2025.
  • Become Forest Positive by 2025 through reforestation projects from 2021.
  • Achieve our approved science-based carbon reduction target by 2025. 

Our progress

  • In 2020/21, 81% of wood and paper in our products was responsibly sourced and 100% of our catalogue paper.
  • We’re partnering with the Rainforest Alliance as a founding member of its Forest Allies initiative to support reforestation projects from 2021.
  • We have reduced absolute scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 27%, meeting our original science-based carbon reduction target ahead of schedule. Committed to a new 1.5°C science-based target, approved by the Scienced Based Target initiative (SBTi). 

Becoming Forest Positive 

Forests are vital for the health of our planet, our communities and our homes. We’ve been working on responsible wood and paper sourcing since the early 1990s and now we’re going further, aiming to become Forest Positive.

Our approach to creating more forest than we use has three elements:

  • 100% responsibly sourced wood and paper across our business.
  • No deforestation through the other materials we use.
  • Protecting and restoring tropical forests.

Helping tackle climate change with ambitious targets

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time. We will support global efforts to reach net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest. 

We’ve already cut operational carbon emissions by 27% in the last four years, meeting our previous target ahead of schedule. Now we’re strengthening our science-based carbon reduction target, to align with the 1.5°C scenario set out in the Paris Climate Agreement.

We’re also a founder member of the UN’s Race to Zero Breakthroughs – Retail, a partnership aiming to inspire the world’s largest retailers to take action on climate change.

Low carbon products, low carbon business

To reduce our climate impact, we’re focusing on:

  • Efficient, low carbon buildings - We’re cutting energy use in our stores and distribution centres and have a three-year energy reduction plan for each of our banners.
  • Renewable electricity – Almost half of our purchased electricity comes from renewable sources.
  • Reducing emissions from the use of our products - We have reduced emissions associated with our lighting range by 60% by switching to LED products and from our kitchen ranges by introducing more induction hobs.
  • Tackling carbon in the supply chain - Over 50% of our carbon footprint comes from the sourcing and manufacture of our products. We’re working with suppliers to reduce this through the sustainable sourcing of raw materials and by encouraging improvements in their manufacturing.

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