M&S gets “triple” award for energy, water and waste savings

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has bagged a “triple” award for cutting carbon, water use and waste. It is the first retailer to notch up all three awards from the certification […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has bagged a “triple” award for cutting carbon, water use and waste.

It is the first retailer to notch up all three awards from the certification group Carbon Trust.

M&S said it has sent zero waste to landfill and become carbon neutral since launching its Plan A green programme.

The supermarket said it has cut energy use in stores, offices and warehouses by 31% and slashed store refrigerant’s carbon emissions by 60% (compared to 2006/7 levels).

It used two billion fewer single-use carrier bags in its food halls and has tackled water-use in its stores and supply chain.

Clem Constantine, Director of Property at M&S said: “There’s a clear business case for managing and reducing our own impact on the environment. It saves money, helps us become more efficient and better prepares M&S for the future.”