01 February 2007 | Paul Snell
Two of the UK's major retailers have announced plans to boost their green credentials.
Both Marks & Spencer and Tesco have committed to work with suppliers to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in their supply chains.
Last month M&S announced its five-year, £200 million "Plan A" - named as such because "there is no 'plan B'". It contains 100 points aimed at making the retailer's operations more environmentally friendly. Tesco also announced it intended to reduce its carbon footprint with the help of
The M&S plan involves doubling the UK-produced food it buys over the next year. It wants to improve local supply networks and reduce the amount of food imported by air travel. The plan also covers improving standards in ethical trading and making the business more "carbon-neutral".
M&S intends to work with a supplier to open a model "green factory", which will be built to reduce the environmental impact of carbon emissions, waste and production. The company told SM it had not yet selected a partner for this project.
Stuart Rose, chief executive of M&S, said the company was determined to work with suppliers and change their behaviour.
Sir Terry Leahy, chief executive of Tesco, said the supermarket would start work with suppliers "to deliver significant CO2 reductions throughout our supply chain". The company has already started work with food producer Unilever on this issue.
Leahy said Tesco had commissioned a study from the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University to identify how to overcome particularly high carbon emissions in supply chains.