Azara Blog: Marks and Spencer claims it will become carbon neutral

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Date published: 2007/01/15

The BBC says:

High Street chain Marks & Spencer has announced a £200m, five-year plan to make the company carbon neutral.

Under its "eco-plan", the company says it will cut energy consumption, stop using landfill sites and stock more products made from recycled materials.

Chief executive Stuart Rose, who has overseen a recovery in M&S's fortunes, said the project would "change beyond recognition" the way it operated.

He insisted extra costs under the plan would not be passed on to customers.
Businesses or homes which offset the carbon emissions they produce, by planting trees for example, are described as being carbon neutral.

M&S said the carbon savings it aimed to achieve under its plan would be like taking 100,000 cars off the road each year.

As well as cutting energy and using more renewable materials, M&S will aim to source its food from the UK and the Republic of Ireland as a "priority" in an attempt to reduce air freight.

Well good on M&S for trying, but the devil will be in the detail, especially since many things that are currently described as carbon neutral (e.g. wind power) are not. But even if it is not carbon neutral, if it is a lot less carbon intensive, that will be no bad thing. If only the UK government would do the same, instead of just sucking up ever more of the UK consumption of energy and everything else.

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