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Carrefour Announces New Emission Reduction Target

French retailer Carrefour plans to reduce CO2 emissions by 20 megatons by 2030 across its product range as part of its pledge to achieve carbon neutrality.

The company will track its progress towards the target through a collaborative online platform, co-developed with PepsiCo and more than twenty of its international suppliers.

In October of last year, the retailer unveiled its goal to achieve carbon neutrality on direct activities (Scopes 1 and 2) by 2040.

Carrefour is also focussing on indirect emissions (Scope 3) and, in particular, the impact of the use and manufacture of products sold by it.

Indirect emissions constitute the largest part of Carrefour's emissions, the company added.

‘An Ambitious And Necessary Challenge’

Carine Kraus, executive director of engagement, Carrefour Group, commented, “Transforming the entire value chain, from production to the shelves, is both an ambitious and necessary challenge in the fight against climate change. To achieve this, it is essential to unite all our stakeholders, including our partners, our customers and, of course, our suppliers.

“This is at the core of Carrefour’s mission to lead on the food transition for all. Our collaboration with PepsiCo and more than twenty of our suppliers to build this platform will take us one step closer to achieving our ambition of carbon neutrality.”

Collaborative Online Platform

The collaborative online platform will allow suppliers to report progress and share actions implemented by them to reduce carbon emissions.

The platform, co-led by PepsiCo, has been developed within the framework of the Climate Working Group of Carrefour’s Food Transition Pact.

Other participants include Beiersdorf, Bel, Carambar & Co, Coca-Cola, Danone, Essity, Heineken, Henkel, Innocent, JDE, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg’s, Kimberly-Clark, L’Oréal, Mars, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt, Savencia, Soufflet and Unilever.

Carrefour worked with PepsiCo and independent climate experts to create the reporting methodology and supplier platform.

In May 2022, Carrefour hopes to share the first results of this supplier engagement campaign.

'Climate Emergency'

Silviu Popovici, chief executive officer, PepsiCo Europe, added, “Our planet is in environmental crisis and there is no vaccine for climate change. Collaboration across the food system is critical to address the climate emergency. We are proud to be working with Carrefour on their ambitious 20 megatons initiative.

“This work supports our global commitment to a net-zero carbon footprint by 2040. Through our co-leadership of the climate working group, we are combining our expertise in reducing GHG emissions to accelerate this critical work.”

© 2022 European Supermarket Magazine – your source for the latest Supply Chain news. Article by Dayeeta Das. Click subscribe to sign up to ESM: European Supermarket Magazine.

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