Friday, March 1, 2024

Coles launches ‘Together to Zero’

(Featured image: Coles Head of Energy, Jane Mansfield, at Lal Lal Wind Farm)

Coles is launching a new and refreshed sustainability strategy as part of its plan to be the most sustainable supermarket in Australia.

The strategy will commence with targets to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, committing to 100% renewable electricity and set a course to net zero greenhouse gas emissions.

Coles announces its Climate Change Position Statement and targets:

  • To deliver net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050;
  • For the entire Coles Group to be powered by 100% renewable electricity by the end of FY25;
  • To reduce combined Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by more than 75% per cent by the end of FY30 (from a FY20 baseline).

The new targets will be brought to life at the launch of Coles’ newest sustainability concept store in Moonee Ponds, Victoria.

“As part of these targets that we are setting today, we are delighted to introduce ‘Together to Zero’ which underlines our commitment to work together with all stakeholders towards net zero greenhouse gas emissions,” CEO of Coles Group, Steven Cain says.

“A key part of our ambition to be Australia’s most sustainable supermarket will be reducing our environmental impact, and we have a responsibility to help create a better Australia for future generations.”

Lal Lal Windfarms

Additionally, Coles Group has signed an agreement with Lal Lal Wind Farms near Ballarat, Victoria.

It will further increase Coles’ renewable electricity to 45% of total consumption by FY23.

From July 2022, Coles will also source more than 90% of its Queensland electricity requirements from renewable sources.

Emissions, waste & hunger

‘Together to Zero’ also involves a long-term aspiration towards zero emissions, zero waste and zero hunger.

Coles says they are committed to helping customers understand which package they can and can’t recycle, via adding the recycling logo to their Coles brand products.

Their partnerships also help Australians in need while driving improved sustainability outcomes, including through food donations equivalent to more than 138 million meals since 2011.

For further information on Coles Group’s Climate Change Position Statement, click here.

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