M&S reports 39% reduction in energy use

Marks & Spencer has announced its sustainability programme has made “good progress” towards energy and water consumption.

The firm said total power across its UK and Ireland stores, warehouses and offices reduced by 39% and water consumption by 31% in 2015/16.

That was achieved through its Plan A initiative which sets 100 environmental goals to make the business carbon neutral.

The retailer also said it reduced food waste by 9% through donations to food banks and community cafes and by improving supply chain and store systems leading to better sales estimation.

It also claims nearly three quarters of M&S products have an eco or ethical quality.

Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business at M&S said: “Yet again we’ve achieved tough and stretching targets. The successful Paris climate negotiations and the launch of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals have created a long term direction of travel for the global economy and companies need a bold vision and comprehensive plan to make sure they are aligned with these important agreements.”