John Lewis Partnership has become the first British retailer to gain validation for its net zero objectives from official body the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTI).

The partnership said it was also the first retailer globally to set validated science-based targets on all greenhouse gas emissions originating from forests, land and agriculture.

The retailer, which owns grocer Waitrose as well as John Lewis department stores, aims to become net zero across its own operations by 2035 and across its wider supply chain by 2050 through initiatives such as moving away from fossil fuels, selling products with a lower climate impact and prioritising circularity through the introduction of services including clothing rental.

John Lewis Partnership director of sustainability Marija Rompani said: “Reaching net zero by 2050 means transforming our business in every way, from how we design our goods to last; how we and our suppliers power our farms, factories and stores; and how we make it easier for our customers to make more sustainable choices.

“To be the first retailer globally to set forest, land and agriculture science-based targets gives us great pride. It will be the bedrock of our plans to protect and restore nature and tackle the climate crisis over the years to come.”

John Lewis Partnership environment lead Simon Winch added: “Coming up with a set of credible targets for our road to net zero is the culmination of many months of focused work and determined preparation. Validation by the SBTI gives us great confidence in the targets and our plans.”