Morrisons has announced it will introduce six big changes to every store in order to target carbon emissions produced by UK agriculture.
The supermarket expects that its first products to reach net-zero carbon status will be eggs as early as 2022, followed by lamb, fruit, vegetables, pork and beef over the next nine years.
It comes as the retailer pledged to be the first supermarket to be completely supplied by ‘net zero’ carbon British farms by 2030, five years ahead of its competitors.
UK agriculture currently accounts for 10 per cent of all UK greenhouse gas emissions, with the National Farmers Union asking farmers to work towards a 2040 net-zero goal.
Over the next nine years, Morrisons says it will work with its 3,000 farmers and growers to produce affordable net-zero carbon meat, fruit and vegetables.
The supermarket currently takes fresh produce directly from farms to 20 fruit, vegetable and meat preparation sites.
Environment Secretary, George Eustice MP, said: “The UK is the first major economy to legislate for net-zero emissions by 2050.
"Our farmers will play a key role in achieving this. It is encouraging to see Morrisons commit to being supplied by net zero carbon British farms on such an ambitious timescale, helping to protect the environment for future generations.”
Morrisons said it will start working with a selection of meat and produce farmers in March 2021 to create net-zero carbon farm ‘models’.
Together with the farmers, they will look at the emissions picture through the whole lifecycle of farm produce - from germination to leaving the farmgate.
Once a workable blueprint has been established, the models will then be shared with all Morrison's farmers, so that all food can be produced in this net zero carbon way.
The farm models will look at reducing carbon via rearing different animal breeds; using low food-mile feedstuffs; using renewable energy and low emission housing; and, cutting down fuel and fertiliser use.
They will also look to offset carbon emissions via planting grassland and clover; restoring peatland, improving soil health; planting trees; and, seeding hedgerows.