Operational carbon

Sainsburys store in Dawlish, Devon

Operational carbon

Reduce operational carbon emissions by 30% absolute and 65% relative, compared to 2005.

Our progress so far

  • Reduced our carbon emissions by 8.3 per cent year-on-year despite company growth
  • Reduced our relative carbon intensity by 31 per cent since the 2005/06 baseline
  • In 2013/14, despite adding more than 46 per cent space to our estate, we have kept our total energy usage at the same level that it was in 2005/06
  • £200 million first of its kind corporate Green Loan issued to us to invest in on-going carbon reduction and sustainability projects
  • On target to install 100th biomass boiler by the end of the financial year, making us one of largest users of biomass energy within the food retailing sector
  • Awarded with a position on The A List: The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Climate Performance Leadership Index 2014, for our work to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate the business risks of climate change.

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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