Operational carbon

Sainsburys store in Dawlish, Devon

Operational carbon

By 2020, we'll have reduced our operational carbon emissions by 30 per cent absolute and 65 per cent relative, compared with 2005* (this is part of our broader target of an absolute carbon reduction of 50 per cent by 2030).

Our progress so far

  • -2.4% absolute reduction year on year (7.8% over thre e years) despite company growth
  • 13.5% electricity supplied to date via direct green power purchase, on track to deliver 20% by 2020
  • 166 stores with natural refrigerant, on track to achieve 250 stores by end 2014
  • 107,396th solar PV panel installed – largest multi-roof solar array in Europe
  • Ranked top ten by Carbon Clear and highest-rated UK-only retailer in the Carbon Disclosure Project 2013

Our carbon emissions since our 2005/06 baseline

Emission source2005/06
2010/11
2011/20122012/13
Scope 1 (tonnes CO2) 489,192 749,963 728,324 678,496
Scope 2 833,805 822,876 757,226 771,232
Total 1,322,997 1,572,839 1,485,550 1,449,728

Footprint is produced following GHG protocol.

*'Absolute' emissions reduction targets are defined by the GHG Protocol as goals to 'reduce absolute emissions over time'. Relative emissions reduction targets are defined as goals to 'reduce the ratio of emissions relative to a business metric over time'. In the case of supermarkets, the relative is defined as relative to square footage of stores.

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