Sainsbury's Weymouth

Sainsbury’s has two ‘triple-zero’ stores, in Leicester and Weymouth (above)

Sainsbury’s has made “significant progress” in its 20x20 sustainability commitments in the past year, according to CEO Justin King.

Releasing an update two years after launching the plan, King said achievements included zero waste to landfill, 100% fresh British pork and salt reduction in cooked meals.

The 20x20 plan is made up of 20 commitments by Sainsbury’s to achieve by 2020, such as to reduce salt, saturated fat and sugar in own-label products, and to lead on clear nutritional information; to increase Fairtrade sales to £1bn; and to double the amount of British food sold.

“We’re focused on delivering value and values for customers, suppliers, colleagues and other stakeholders, which is why our promise to help customers Live Well For Less is about more than price alone, and why our 20x20 commitments are built into our business,” said King.

Sainsbury’s, meanwhile, is set to open its second ‘triple zero’ store on 27 November.

The 81,700 sq ft store in Leicester is ‘triple zero’ because it generates zero carbon emissions from all operational energy used; zero waste goes to landfill; and it has zero impact on the water usage of the local catchment area because of its ‘water neutral’ status.

“We aim to be the UK’s greenest grocer and achieve our 20x20 target to reduce our operational carbon emissions by 30% absolute,” said property director Neil Sachdev.

“To do this we’re now building and running highly sustainable, low-carbon stores.”

Sainsbury’s first triple zero store opened last month in Weymouth.