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320,000 households worth of waste diverted from landfill

A drop in emissions, 80 per cent of waste diverted from landfill and the equivalent of 22 million meals donated to Australians in need are among the many ways Woolworths Group has shrunk its footprint over the past year.

Woolworths Group has released its annual Sustainability Report, capturing the change delivered by the company. It has:

● Cut a 97,000 tonnes of CO2e, with Scope 1 and 2 emissions down 27 per cent since 2015.

● Expanded its solar network to 100,000 panels, creating the capacity to generate the amount of electricity needed to power more than 7,000 homes.

● Diverted 360,000 tonnes of waste from landfill.

● Helped feed Australians in need, with the equivalent of 22 million meals of surplus edible food saved from landfill and donated to Woolworths’ food relief partners.

● Reduced single-use plastics by removing plastic stemmed cotton buds in favour of paper and sugarcane alternatives to save almost 500 million pieces of plastic yearly. This is in addition to more than 2,500 tonnes of plastic removed from Woolworths’ own brand and fresh packaging over 12 months.

Read more: Single-use plastic ban goes into effect in Queensland

The Sustainability Plan 2025 establishes a step change in the pace of sustainability action, and a long-term commitment to take more carbon out of the atmosphere than the company produces by 2050.

Woolworths Group Chief Executive Officer, Brad Banducci said: “The steps we take to become a more sustainable business today will create a better tomorrow for generations to come.” “We know there’s much more to do and we’re laying the groundwork for an era of accelerated sustainability to meet the pace of our customer’s and team’s expectations, and the climate clock.

“It’s no longer enough to just reduce our impact on the planet. Instead, we’re turning to how we can use our scale for good and create positive change for our planet, and in turn, our communities.”

Woolworths Group has also:

● Appointed its first chief sustainability officer to the Group Executive Committee.

● Become the first Australian retailer to have its climate targets scientifically validated by the global Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), in line with the Paris Agreement’s goal to limit climate change to 1.5 degrees

● Signed its first renewable energy deal.