Climate change > why it matters
At Morrisons, we’re committed to minimising the environmental impact we have on the world.
It’s important that we recognise and respond to the global challenges that society faces and make commitments to change the way we operate to ensure a sustainable future for our business and the planet.
We know that climate change is already affecting the way we live today, we see this through severe weather patterns, rising temperatures and sea levels with global greenhouse gas emissions now at their highest levels in history.
Climate change can also negatively impact our business in a number of ways including security of food supply and price inflation.
Without action, the world’s average surface temperature is likely to surpass 3 degrees centigrade this century. The poorest and most vulnerable people are being affected the most.
Reducing our footprint makes good business sense as it not only minimises these threats but it can also deliver efficiencies, operational cost savings and create new market opportunities.
What is Morrisons doing to tackle climate change?
We have an ambitious plan to reduce Morrisons carbon footprint by 33% by 2025, 53% by 2030 and 97% by 2050 (2017 baseline).
This follows on from the successful delivery of our previous target to reduce carbon emissions by 30% by 2020 - which thanks to the hard work of colleagues across the business we achieved in 2018, reducing overall emissions by 45%.
These targets were developed with the help of the Carbon Trust, a not-for-profit company providing specialist support to help businesses reduce their emissions. 2017 baseline data has also been independently assured by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
These targets are science-based, which means our reduction efforts are aligned to help keep global temperatures below 2 degrees centigrade - which is the global target set out in the Paris Agreement.