[01 September/Stuff NZ] Countdown supermarket is looking to reduce carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2030, it announced this week in its yearly sustainability report. The ambitious new target is in line with limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Countdown’s Kiri Hannifin states reducing the amount of plastic and packaging is another key priority for the supermarket and that the company is looking at changes to packaging for its own-brand items, returning to paper and glass. A 2018 report from the company says it will harness new technologies to halve its carbon footprint from 2013 levels and new stores would be 20 per cent more energy efficient than they were in 2013, including using electric vehicles for its light vehicle fleet. The two largest sources of emissions for Countdown were refrigerants at 36 per cent and electricity at 29 per cent. It would move towards using only natural gasses for its refrigeration, along with greater use of solar power in stores. In the future customers could also expect to see more ambient light and lighting changing to LED. Customers could also expect to see smaller “green” features such as refill stations and meat diversification.