The John Lewis Partnership has said it’s committed to a carbon-free transport fleet by 2045.
The move will involve switching its 3,200-strong fleet of trucks, trailers and vans – operating for Waitrose and John Lewis – to zero-emission vehicles.
By 2028, it hopes to have removed a third of carbon from its operations through investment in new refrigeration technology, biomethane-powered trucks, electric vans and renewable electricity.
It has already started to electrify its van fleet, working with technology company Arrival to trial four smart home delivery vans.
It is also testing zero-emissions refrigeration units on Waitrose delivery trucks as part of the government’s Low Emissions Freight and Logistics Trial.
“We recognise that urgent action is needed to keep global warming below 1.5C to avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate breakdown, and we are responding with our most ambitious set of targets yet, aiming to decarbonise as much as we can in the next 10 years and setting out a clear path to becoming a net zero operation,” John Lewis Partnership corporate responsibility director Benet Northcote said.
The John Lewis Partnership also said it was also working on encouraging sustainable travel across the business and to its locations, and has already installed 75 electric vehicle charging points across its estate.