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The state of climate action in the Asian food retail sector


We analysed how some of the largest food and convenience retailers across Asia are managing climate action. Find out about your performance by requesting a tailor-made report today.

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Climate action and retail

The vast, complex value chains from the food retail sector are major contributors to climate change and global warming. A majority of retailers have taken action in measuring and reducing both direct greenhouse gas emissions and emissions related to purchased energy (scopes 1 & 2). One other known issue is the plastics challenge. Reducing and managing plastic waste has become a key sustainability issue that draws a lot of customer attention.

But this is just the tip of the iceberg and there is still a long way to go to tackle climate change. By far, the largest amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the food retail sector occurs in its supply chains (scope 3). Therefore, reduction initiatives and targets should be extended to supply chains.

Some retailers are responding to stakeholder pressure by setting scopes 1, 2 & 3 science-based targets (SBTs) endorsed by the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi). However, there is still an urgent need for more ambitious, long-term Net Zero commitments and accelerated implementation at scale and pace from the entire retail sector.

Climate performance of 35 of the largest food & convenience retailers across 6 countries in Asia

Asia Retail Benchmark


About the benchmark

How are the largest food retailers across Asia dealing with these developments? South Pole experts have analysed 35 of the largest food & convenience retailers across six countries in Asia by reviewing their: climate performance (CDP Score), commitments to science-based targets (SBTs), plastics strategy and initiative, and renewable energy targets and initiatives.

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Net Zero

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