US-based retail giant Target has pledged to ensure that 80% of its suppliers set science-based emissions-reduction targets by 2023, after it was given the Science Based Targets Initiative’s (SBTi) stamp of approval for its own carbon and greenhouse gas (GHG) ambitions this week. Target’s chairman and chief executive Brian Cornell first announced the firm’s desire to set a science-based target in 2017 The retailer announced today (27 March) that it will now strive to reduce its absolute GHG emissions by 30% by 2030, against a 2017 baseline, after the target was signed off by the SBTi. The aim is aligned with a 2C trajectory and will apply to all of Target’s direct emission sources, as well as those indirectly generated through generating the power it sources and through other “indirect” factors such as shipping. The installation of energy-efficient LED lighting across all Target stores will play a key role in meeting these aims, the retailer has claimed. In order to encourage its suppliers to set equally ambitious emissions goals, Target has additionally pledged to support its suppliers for all departments and all tiers to set science-based targets by 2023 – a deadline by which the retailer claims around eight […]

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