Only 13% of independent retailers have measured their carbon footprints, an exclusive survey for The Grocer has found.

Of the 87% of 250 indies polled by Retail Attack, the majority (64%) hadn’t done so because they “don’t care” about the issue.

Five per cent said measuring carbon emissions was too expensive and 3% said customers did not care. A further 28% cited other reasons.

However, prominent indies have warned the sector needs to act now if it is to resist a squeeze on margins. “You need to be able to quantify where your energy is going so you can make savings,” said Nisa retailer Kishor Patel.