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27 Nov 2015

Madeleine Cuff, Business Green

What does COP 21 mean for the retail industry?

Many retailers are now feeling the effects of a more volatile climate at the base of their supply chains…IKEA…“…lost over $9m dollars in revenue from…one extreme climate incident,"…Marks & Spencer's reports similar problems in the food industry… Volatile energy prices make securing power for superstores increasingly tricky…as people increasingly feel the direct effects of climate change through higher food prices and greater political and social instability, retailers without a positive reputation on climate may well bear the brunt of consumer anger… retailers are taking real, tangible steps to minimise their climate risk…growing numbers of retailers signing up to clean energy pledges such as the RE100…The key thing retailers are looking for from a Paris agreement is…“…certainty for investment and development,"…Members of the BRC [British Retail Consortium] are looking for a minimum baseline of carbon reductions, a legally binding agreement, and a five-year ratchet mechanism…IKEA, meanwhile, is hoping for an overall carbon reduction target with a clear timeframe...[Also refers to Kering, Nike, Sainsbury’s, Starbucks, Tesco, Unilever, Walmart.]