Marks & Spencer has announced a five-year partnership with the Buildings Research Establishment to help the retailer become carbon neutral.

The retailer’s sustainability programme, known as ‘Plan A’, also includes a target to send no waste to landfill and extend the use of sustainable raw materials by 2012.

M&S is increasing its store space by up to 20 per cent over the next five years and is continuing to refurbish all of its stores. BRE will provide advice on ensuring these programmes are as sustainable as possible.

Speaking at today’s Low Carbon World conference, Stuart Rose, M&S Chief Executive, said: ‘This partnership will give us full access to BRE’s expertise and leading-edge capability, to help us create sustainable solutions that we can use in the building or refurbishment of all our stores.’