Leeds-based Asda reveals plan to become a net zero carbon business by 2040

Leeds-based supermarket chain Asda has published its first environmental, social and governance (ESG) report setting out its commitments to a sustainable business strategy in the future.

Asda's head office is based in Leeds

The report, which was based on interviews with 3,000 customers, found shoppers’ top three priorities were more affordable greener choices, commitments to reducing single-use plastic and cutting food waste.

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The supermarket said it is now committed to becoming a net zero carbon business by 2040.

It plans to remove three billion pieces of plastic from products within the next four years and aims to ensure its top 20 commodities – including cotton and cocoa – are sustainably sourced by 2025. Bosses also pledged to increase the proportion of own brand products that are low in fat, sugar and salt, to 60% by 2024.