British supermarket chain ASDA has announced savings of £13 million over the last year, from the sustainability programme.
The Sustain & Save Exchange programme launched this year helps the supermarket and it’s suppliers share information about energy, waste and water efficiency through an online portal managed by the 2 degrees network.
A sixth of ASDA’s suppliers base is covered by the programme so far, and it will now be rolled out over all 300 of it’s fresh, frozen and chilled product suppliers including household brands like Youngs Seafood, Warburtons and Cranswick.
The supermarket which has over 500 stores over the UK , has reduced its carbon emissions by 17.7% since 2007 which is far greater than its target of 10% by 2015. Over the last year It has reduced it’s carbon emissions by 4.3%, despite taking over 150 stores from Netto.
ASDA’s fleet of heavy goods vehicles has also reduced it’s emissions by 5.1% in the last year, which adds up to a 40% reduction since 2005.
“Since 2005, our work to minimise the environmental impact of our operations has delivered over £80 million in savings – which we have invested in delivering lower prices for our customers,” says Julian Walker-Palin, head of sustainability at Asda. “Now we can go even further, helping over 300 suppliers find efficiencies in energy, waste and water that can also help keep prices down.”