Woolworths is looking to be powered by 100 per cent green energy by 2025 in a move it help grow the renewables sector.
The ambitious pledge has been made with the intention of having net positive carbon emissions by at least 2050.
Under the retail giant’s new sustainability plan, the company has also committed to zero food waste to landfill by 2025 and its own brand packaging being recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2023.
The Woolworths Group has solar panels installed across more than 150 locations nationally and has already reduced its carbon emissions by 24 per cent from 2015 levels.
The company’s CEO Brad Banducci said the retailer group would invest tens of millions of dollars into renewable energy partnerships and prioritise new green energy projects to help grow the industry and create jobs.
He said moving to 100 per cent renewable electricity was “the right thing to do”.
“(It’s) something a growing number of our customers, team members and shareholders expect us to lead on,” Mr Banducci said.
“We use around 1 per cent of Australia’s national electricity, so we have a unique opportunity to use our scale for good and make a real impact.
“We believe this will not only be a positive for our business but also contribute to a better tomorrow by making green energy accessible to more Australians.”
Greenpeace Australia Pacific’s REenergise campaign director Lindsay Soutar said Woolworths’ commitment would put solar and wind power at the heart of Australian communities across the country.
“The vast scale of Woolworths’ commitment, as one of the country’s largest electricity users, will bring a huge amount of new wind and solar energy online, boosting Australia’s energy capacity, creating good energy jobs and speeding our transition to a renewable-powered grid,” she said.