Retailers join forces to improve the environmental impacts of products
The move follows new research by the PSF which looked at the greenhouse gas emissions, product waste, and water, energy and resource use of traditional grocery products through their life cycles.
The Co-operative, Sainsbury’s and Nestle will be the first companies from the grocery and home improvement sectors to pilot projects known as ‘pathfinders’, to target their efforts on areas where they can make the biggest environmental savings. The pathfinder projects will also aim to improve the resilience of supply chains and help to manage potential business risks.
The same approach is also being used by WRAP to review the electrical and home improvement markets. The electricals report will be released in coming months and the home improvement report will be released later in 2013.
The Co-operative and Nestle will look at waste prevention and resource efficiency measures across potato, milk and chocolate supply chains, while Sainsbury’s will focus on its meat, fish, and poultry products as well as produce.
Iain Ferguson, environment manager at The Co-operative, said: "We are very pleased to be able to bring expertise from across our retail and farming businesses to this project. This will allow us to identify areas where we can make environmental savings while still delivering great quality products.
"The work aligns perfectly with the aims of our Ethical Plan, in which we committed to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and energy usage, supporting and developing green energy and reducing waste throughout our business."
Stuart Lendrum, Sainsbury’s print and packaging manager, added: "Reducing our impact on the environment is fundamental to our long-term sustainability and we are delighted to be part of this invaluable project.
"Its overall aim is closely aligned with the targets we have set ourselves in our 20x20 Plan and working in collaboration throughout the supply chain with a shared goal of making a real impact supports the way we work with our dedicated British suppliers."
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