Supermarkets Moving Toward Carbon Neutrality

Nothing pleases us more at Spark Squad than hearing that yet another “Big Name” has taken the initiative to move towards becoming more “green” in their dealings. In this case the big name in question is Sainsbury’s and their aim is to become the greenest grocer in town. Fantastic!

In addition to working with solar power, Sainsbury’s, in a company-wide move, has also been utilising highly-efficient LED lighting and refrigeration to offset with the aim to soon eliminate all of their carbon usage. This coupled with their comprehensive plan to reduce waste and reuse where possibly also looks likely to address the problem of supply.

Sainsburys Launch 2nd “Triple Zero” Store

Sainsbury’s recent announcement of the completion of their second “triple zero” store at Weymouth Gateway, Leicester publically cements their determination to truly make a difference in this field. A triple zero store is one which sends no waste to landfill, which boasts no impact on the local water reserve due to its water neutral status and which can prove that no carbon emissions are produced from any of the energy used to run the store. This is a significant move towards the chain becoming completely carbon neutral.

The head of sustainability, engineering, energy and environment at Sainsbury’s, Paul Crewe, reports that the company have and will continue to invest heavily in cutting edge low energy and low carbon technology: “We continue to invest heavily in low carbon and low energy technologies because it makes commercial sense. We are not doing it because it is the right thing to do, but because it makes commercial sense and is also the right thing to do.” Paul is frank about the motivation for this being commercial as well as environmental and goes on to add that additional steps are being taken in other stores.

Crewe goes on to report that in an average sized store at least twenty percent of the overall energy bill comes from lighting and so replacing lighting with LED alternatives makes financial sense as this move saves an average sixty percent on that specific store’s lighting bill. ”We are now starting to retrofit LED,” Crewe says. “Why are we doing that? In an average store 20 per cent of the energy bill is lighting and the LED technologies we are using save around 60 per cent on the lighting load. That is a big saving on an energy demand that is itself a big part of the bill.”

To add an additional feather in the green cap of the company, Crewe has been proud to announce that to date an impressive one hundred and twenty nine thousand panel solar PV panels have been installed by electricians and that these are currently delivering 30MW of capacity.

How Green Are You?

On hearing news such as this our customers turn to us as experienced electricians to ask how they might reduce their energy bills and over the past few years we have seen a significant increase in the number of energy-saving installations we’ve worked on. Best of all is the news from customers that we have saved them money on their bills, along with the knowledge that we are doing our bit to help the environment.

When stores such as Sainsbury’s take up the challenge to cut their carbon emissions this often acts as a catalyst. Their actions motivate others into taking up the quest to make the necessary changes to become more environmentally friendly and ultimately produce all of their own electricity. Supermarket chains are regularly in the news however many are making the same move, from hotels to schools and this trend looks set to stay.

Becoming carbon neutral across all stores is the main aim for Sainsbury and many others appear likely to follow their green example. We will look forward to helping our own customers make the changes they need to produce their own electricity, cut their bills and doing their bit for the environment too.

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