M&S goes green

M&S has announced plans to turn its business carbon neutral.

The retailer said its £200m five-year scheme will cut energy consumption, stop using landfill sites and use more recycled materials.

Chief executive Stuart Rose said the extra costs under the plan would not be passed on to customers.

The retailer compared the carbon savings it would make under the scheme would be equivalent to removing 100,000 cars off the roads a year.

A key part of the of the plan is the intention to source its food from the UK and Republic of Ireland in a bid to reduce air freight, and labels will be used to identify food that has been flown in.

M&S will also be trialling the use of food waste to power its 500-plus stores across the UK.

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