Ocado Retail becomes ‘first supermarket’ with net zero HQ

The joint venture between Ocado and Marks & Spencer has said it is the first supermarket in the world with a net zero head office.

Ocado Retail has paid for 1000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, which it expects to emit from its Hatfield headquarters over the next seven years, to be removed from the atmosphere.

It reached the deal with Climeworks, a carbon capture company based in Zürich.

The company intends to become net zero by 2040, although it is not clear whether this includes “Scope Three” pollution from suppliers.

READ MORE: Ocado moves north of the border with £80m Scottish hub

Ocado Retail was launched in September 2020 after Marks & Spencer put £750 million towards it.

In the six months to October 2021, 27 per cent of Marks & Spencer’s product sales came through the venture.

“We are immensely proud to be the first supermarket in the world to have a net zero office,” sustainability lead Daniel Costigan said.

“Running a sustainable business is incredibly important to us and our customers.”

It marks the second supermarket “first” story in a week, as Morrisons became the first British grocer to buy its own recycling centre.

The retailer purchased a “significant stake” in the Fife site, which, once built, will turn 15,000 tonnes of soft plastics into new products every year.

These plastics are notoriously hard to recycle and are accepted by just a fifth of local authorities.

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