Asda pledges to go carbon neutral by 2040

Asda has pledged to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, just one day after the Co-op said it would reach the same target.

The Big 4 grocer unveiled the goal as part of its first sustainability report, which it claims is the result of a consultation with over 3000 customers.

Other commitments include halving greenhouse gas emissions, cutting food waste by 20 per cent and ensuring key commodities like cotton are “sustainably sourced” by 2025.

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Asda also set a target of removing three billion pieces of plastic from products, which follows recent attempts to crack-down on single-use plastics.

Last month the supermarket scrapped chicken trays to save 450 tonnes of plastic.

In an attempt to spur healthy eating, Asda pledged to increase its proportion of own-brand products low in salt, sugar and salt to 60 per cent by 2024.

“The events of the last 12 months have highlighted the important role we play in helping to tackle societal challenges,” Asda chief executive Roger Burnley said.

“Despite the challenges of the pandemic, we have not lost sight of our wider […] responsibilities.

“This report provides an update of where Asda is now on the issues that matter most to our colleagues, customers and communities.”

The news comes after Asda announced plans to sell second-hand clothing across 50 stores in a push to reduce textile waste.



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