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Solar installation makes Sainsbury’s largest operator in UK and Europe 2012-08-07 - No Comments

Sainsbury’s has recently invested in photovoltaic solar panels and becomes the largest panel operator in the UK and Europe: the retailer has installed 69.500 new photovoltaic solar panels across 169 stores in the UK. This measure will reduce a total of 6.800 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year and will help to reach Sainsbury’s corporate target to reduce its operation carbon emission by 30%, and 65% by 2020.

Justin King, Chief Executive of Sainsbury’s, affirmed that the supermarket chain produces far more solar power than most commercial farms. He added that the retail sector should take another look at solar energy as way to reduce its impact on the environment. In addition, this new measure supports job creation in the renewable energy sector. King explains that supermarkets have roofs equivalent to a football field and often unused or underutilised: this space should be turned into something positive.

But Sainsbury’s does not only use solar energy as a solution: at the beginning of July, Sainsbury’s announced the roll out of a geo-thermal heat pump technology at up to 100 stores, generating renewable energy from deep underground to provide heating and hot water.



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