Target will be supporting suppliers to move to greener energy. © Gilbertson Photography/Target
Target will be supporting suppliers to move to greener energy. © Gilbertson Photography/Target

Target aims to cut carbon footprint by 30% by 2030

US retailer Target has announced new climate goals to be implemented across the supply chain by 2030.

Target has built on initial climate goals from 2017  to set new targets to reduce CO2 generated from Target facilities, energy purchased to power Target facilities and emissions from the entire supply chain.

Target introduced a reduction of all greenhouse gas emissions by 30% below 2017 levels by 2030. It has also committed to ensuring that 80% of suppliers set their own science-based reduction targets by 2023 through increased use of renewable energy sources.

Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO at Target, said: “Our new climate goals will reduce our carbon footprint from source to shelf, as we work alongside our partners within our supply chain to lower emissions and help create a better tomorrow.

“We have a responsibility to our guests and the environment to set high expectations and encourage ambitious reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, promoting positive change throughout the industry to have an even greater impact for generations to come.”

Target has created a strategic partnership with industry consultant Anthesis to help comply with the requirements of the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi), an organisation which assists with climate science and meeting goals set out in the Paris Agreement.

In order to reduce facility-generated emissions and use cleaner energy Target has invested in renewable energy projects and energy-saving solutions. Solar rooftop panels are being added to 500 locations by 2020, and Target has initiated a Texas wind power project which will provide electricity to 60 area stores. LED lighting has been integrated into its stores.

The supermarket plans to support suppliers move to clean energy sources and cut emissions through partnerships with NGOs and industry bodies.

The company will use its Clean by Design initiative and partner with sustainability organisation the Apparel Impact Institute to help make positive environmental changes to supplier factory practices. The Vietnam Improvement Program and International Finance Corporation will also assist in projects to use water energy more efficiently in factories.

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