Yesterday I spoke at the UN Race to Zero event to celebrate the launch of the BRC’s Climate Action Roadmap. This Roadmap is a world first and reflects the collective ambition of the UK retail sector to reach Net Zero carbon emissions by 2040.
The Roadmap addresses direct emissions from operations such as energy and logistics, as well as the global emissions from products. It also provides a collective view of the common challenges and opportunities to reach the target.
If coronavirus has taught us anything, it’s that collaboration works. The power of what’s possible when we come together against the odds continues to amaze me.
The Roadmap is a great example of co-operation in action and I’m proud that we’ve played our part in its development alongside other retailers. It’s already got the support of sixty major retailers including IKEA, M&S, Sainsburys, Next and The Body Shop which is a great start.
That said, new ways of thinking and unprecedented co-operation will be needed to deliver the ambition. We’re ready to take action at Co-op. Tackling climate change has long been one of our priorities and we’ve already signed the UN Global Compact ‘We mean business’ coalition.
I said at our AGM this year that now is the time to be bold and the time to act. I hope you all agree that this is the right course to take so we can protect people and the planet for today and tomorrow. We can and we must do this before it’s too late.