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Marks & Spencer Expands Climate Targets to Tackle Supply Chain

  • U.K. retailer aims to be net-zero in scope 3 emissions by 2040
  • M&S sees offsets accounting for 14% of reductions in the 2030s
An M&S delivery lorry near Brighton, U.K.

An M&S delivery lorry near Brighton, U.K.

Photographer: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Marks & Spencer Group Plc plans to reach net-zero emissions across its supply chain by 2040 in a substantial expansion of its sustainability program.

The British clothing and food chain will target scope 3 emissions, which include those outside of its direct operations, as it aims to eradicate its carbon footprint ten years before the U.K. government’s own plan, according to a statement. The “resetting” of M&S’s plans will focus on rapid decarbonization, cutting a third of its its annual emissions by 2025 from the 5.7 million-metric ton 2017 baseline.