Monday, April 22, 2024

Woolworths accelerates sustainability path

Woolworths Group continues to shrink its environmental footprint, with a significant drop in emissions, 80% of waste diverted from landfill and the equivalent of 22 million meals donated to Aussies in need.

The group have released its annual Sustainability Report, capturing the scale of change its undergone.

In F21 Woolworths Group:

  • Helped take the equivalent of 35,000 cars off the road by cutting an additional 97,000 tonnes of CO2e, continuing to reduce emissions from its operations.
  • Expanded its solar network to 100,000 panels, creating the capacity to generate the amount of electricity needed to power more than 7000 homes.
  • Diverted 360,000 tonnes of waste from landfill, representing 80% of the Australian business’ waste, equivalent to the waste generated by 320,000 households.
  • Helped feed Australians in need, with the equivalent of 22 million meals of surplus edible food saved from landfill and donated to Woolworths’ food relief partners.
  • Reduced single use plastics by removing plastic stemmed cotton buds in favour of paper and sugarcane alternatives to save almost 500 million pieces of plastic yearly.

Visit the Sustainability Report, to view their sustainability achievements in full.

“The steps we take to become a more sustainable business today will create a better tomorrow for generations to come,” says Woolworths Group Chief Executive Officer, Brad Banducci.

“We know there’s much more to do and we’re laying the groundwork for an era of accelerated sustainability to meet the pace of our customer’s and team’s expectations, and the climate clock.

“It’s no longer enough to just reduce our impact on the planet. Instead, we’re turning to how we can use our scale for good and create positive change for our planet, and in turn, our communities.”

Additionally, the Woolworths Group appointed its first Chief Sustainability Officer; has become the first Australian retailer to have its climate targets scientifically validated by the global Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi); and sign its first renewable energy deal.

Woolworths Group Chief Sustainability Officer, Alex Holt adds: “This has been a foundational year. We’re setting our teams up to ensure sustainability is core to what we do – from stores to distribution centres, support offices and supply chains.

“Thank you to our team members and our partners who have contributed to the great progress we’ve made.”

Click here to view the Sustainability Plan 2025.

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