We know that we can positively influence the retail supply chain to become more sustainable and reduce our carbon footprint. In 2007 we set ourselves targets and goals that we as a company wanted to achieve by 2015.We are well on our way to achieving these goals.
Woolworths’ Sustainability Strategy 2007-2015 has set a range of targets and commitments for the business to improve its sustainability and reduce its impact on the environment. The strategy covers the following key areas:
- Carbon emissions and climate change
- Waste and recycling
In a more carbon-conscious future, being more energy efficient isn't just good for the planet - it makes good business sense. In response, Woolworths Limited businesses are leaders in making our stores, trucks and facilities greener and less energy intensive.
One of our most significant targets is reducing carbon emissions from our stores by 40% by 2015 (based on projected growth levels), which means our emissions will be the same in 2015 as they were in 2006/07. Current progress on reducing carbon emissions can be viewed here.
We have implemented innovation for new stores and existing stores in the key areas of refrigeration, lighting and air-conditioning. Some of the technology used is outlined here.
Woolworths relies upon one of the largest logistic networks in Australia to transport food and groceries to customers around the country. Another key target is a 25% reduction in carbon emissions per carton delivered by Woolworths-owned trucks by 2012. Progress and how the target was achieved can be found here.
As a retailer of Australian fresh food, 96% of which is grown here in Australia, we need to make sure our farmers and producers are using water as sustainably as possible and that our stores and facilities also use water efficiently via improved fittings, equipment and infrastructure. Click here for progress on achieving our target of reducing annual water use by 200 million litres, and support programs for farmers.
Most of the products we sell are packaged in some way and can then have additional packaging to protect them during transportation, display or for the customer to carry home. Right along the supply chain, we need to work with our suppliers to make the packaging as efficient as possible without causing any damage to the product. We have the greatest level of control over the packaging of our own brand and exclusive products and this is where we are focusing our efforts to minimise waste
Driven by our commitments to the Australian Packaging Covenant, our progress on packaging can be found here.
Waste and Recycling
Woolworths is one of the largest recyclers of materials in Australia, diverting more than 252,000 tonnes of material from landfill. Our programs and their achievements are detailed here.