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Retailers back climate change plan

Big name retailers, including John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Mothercare and Next, have signed up to a new commitment to combat climate change.

This is the first time the retail sector has come together to make such a comprehensive set of commitments to reduce the environmental impact of the sector.

Retailers have pledged to reduce the direct environmental impact of their businesses by cutting emissions from buildings and vehicles, cutting water use and reducing waste sent to landfill. They have also agreed to help customers and staff reduce their environmental impact by offering energy efficient products and helping to reduce packaging.

The commitments will be announced in full this evening by British Retail Consortium (BRC) director general Stephen Robertson at the BRC Annual Parliamentary Reception, in partnership with Shopwatch.

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