10 March 2021
The Weekly

Brown Thomas Arnotts (BTA) will stop selling beauty products that contain glitter from the start of next month, as part of a fresh commitment to science-based climate targets. The company has also had its emissions-reduction targets approved by the United Nations Global Compact's Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) as consistent with levels required to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. That accord aims to keep the level of global warming to no more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. BTA, which owns both Brown Thomas outlets around the country and the Arnotts department store in Dublin, claims it has become Ireland's first retailer to commit to science-based climate targets.

These include reducing absolute scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 50.4% by 2030 when compared with 2018. These are emissions from sources owned or controlled by the firm, as well as indirect emission caused by electricity, steam, heating and cooling consumed by Brown Thomas Arnotts. It also aims to reduce absolute scope 3 emissions from goods and services it buys by 15% by 2030 when compared to 2019. The firm is committed to bringing transparency to its entire supply chain. This will involve making sure materials come from certified or verified sustainable sources by the end of 2025.