Asda reduces carbon emissions 15% since 2020

Asda is moving closer to completing some of its key sustainability goals, having reduced scope one to three carbon emissions 7% on 2022 and 15% since the grocer first began reporting its full carbon footprint in 2020.

In its latest Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report published today (8 July), Asda outlined that in order to drive further reductions, its highest carbon impact suppliers are now required to share sustainability progress through the EcoVadis data-sharing and assessment platform.

In other areas of the business, the supermarket giant has increased the proportion of own-brand packaging that can be recycled by 3% year on year to 96%, edging closer to its target of 100% recyclability by 2025.

In the past year, packaging changes include to beef mince and steak trays, which cut packaging by 120 tonnes annually.

Meanwhile, over 1.8m lids of Just Essentials soft cheese now include 30% recycled content in packaging, and coloured milk caps were removed to improve the recyclability of 200m pieces of plastic annually.

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Across health, Asda launched a new Health Menu range with more than 40 nutritionist-approved products and re-launched the Live Better icon across its portfolio of products, which now stands at 876.

Additionally, in 2023, Asda donated more than 4,000 tonnes of surplus food and has donated the equivalent of over 38m meals from surplus food from its stores and depots in the 10 years that the retailer has been working with FareShare.

In terms of colleagues, in the past year Asda announced a record £150m investment in retail pay in a move that has made it the highest paying traditional supermarket, while it became the first UK grocer to work with DFN Project Search, a one-year transition to work programme for young adults with a learning disability or autism spectrum conditions, or both.

Asda co-owner Mohsin Issa said: “2023 was a big year for Asda, with major strategic investments delivered and the foundations being laid to build a bigger and better Asda.

“Our fourth ESG report outlines the progress we’ve made in the last year, with our new strategies and targets not only matching the ambitions of the business, but also tackling the areas that matter most to our customers and stakeholders.

“Through this programme, we will continue to demonstrate our commitment to building a sustainable business for the long term.”



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