New Environmental Plan unveiled as part of JTI UK’s sustainability agenda 

JTI UK (Japan Tobacco International), the UK’s leading tobacco manufacturer[1], today announces its commitment to achieving net zero emissions within the next decade – 20 years ahead of the government’s current deadline (2050).

JTI UK’s new Environmental Plan focuses on five key areas: emissions, energy, waste, water and stakeholder engagement, and forms part of JTI’s global sustainability strategy.

Commenting on the launch, Ruth Forbes, Head of Responsible Business Projects, JTI UK, explains: “Our UK Environmental Plan sits alongside JTI’s global commitments and will focus on identifying key actions locally to help us achieve our ambitious 2030 targets. We will be working closely with all our employees, suppliers, and retail & wholesale customers across 2021 and beyond to make this a reality.”

Emissions – reducing JTI’s impact on climate change: Having analysed the impact of its operations across the UK, JTI UK has committed to reducing emissions by 80% and becoming carbon net zero, all by 2030. This will be achieved through various initiatives across the business, including transitioning JTI UK’s fleet of vehicles to electric by the start of the next decade, which alone is expected to save 776 tonnes of CO2e emissions each year – the equivalent to 155 hot air balloons.

Energy – reducing and decarbonising JTI’s energy use: JTI UK will be harnessing the power of the future by using 100% renewable energy by 2025 – saving 675 tonnes of CO2e per year. It also aims to reduce energy consumption by 20% by 2030 – saving the equivalent to the energy generated by a large wind turbine each year.

Waste – contribute to the transition to a more circular economy: Within the next three years, 100% of JTI’s on-site waste will be diverted from landfill helping to avoid 37.1 tonnes of landfill waste each year. By the end of the decade, JTI UK will reduce its general waste by 20% and increase recycling rates to 75% – helping to save 22.8 tonnes being generated and recycling an additional 21.2 tonnes of waste each year by 2030.  JTI UK will also work with its direct suppliers to source more sustainable, recyclable and reused materials.

Water – reduce water usage at JTI sites: Due to its very nature, JTI UK’s operations do not use large amounts of water however, every drop counts. JTI UK is investing in water efficiency measures to reduce water usage across its UK sites, including its headquarters in Weybridge, Surrey, and distribution centre in Crewe.

Engagement – leading the way together: Working with employees, suppliers, and customers is integral to JTI UK achieving its targets. To help employees drive its environmental agenda forward, JTI has created a new UK Task Force comprising of leaders from every part of the company. JTI UK will also work with suppliers to source goods and services with increased sustainability credentials. As of 2021 all UK Procurement Tenders will include sustainability criteria to help further improve the social and environmental impact of JTI UK’s supplier operations.

Forbes concludes:“It has never been so important for companies to think and act more sustainably, not just for the good of the industry, but for society. Our new Environmental Plan pushes the boundaries of what we can achieve in a relatively short time frame as we push ourselves to become as sustainable as possible for the future of our planet. It is time for us to do loads more with tonnes less.” 

As part of its mission to become a sustainable partner of choice, JTI UK will be working closely with its retail and wholesale customers across 2021 and beyond, bringing them onto its environmental journey through a combination of salesforce engagement and practical advice and support aligned with its five key focus areas.

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