Respect for our environment
At Sainsbury's, respecting the environment is about doing the right thing. We aim to be the UK's greenest grocer, which is great for our business but even better for the environment.
Our 20x20 commitments to 'Respect for our environment'
Today Sainsbury's has announced that it is working with key partners E.ON and Geothermal International to roll out the first phase of an innovative energy solution to up to 100 stores, tapping renewable energy from deep underground to provide energy efficient heating, hot water and cooling.
Sainsbury’s has been a member of WWF’s Global Forest and Trade Network in the UK since the original WWF 95+ Group was formed in 1991. All GFTN members are committed to progressively sourcing forest products from well managed sources.
I am looking out of my office window in our Sainsbury’s Store Support Centre, watching the glorious sun (for a change) and thinking back to the incredible variations in weather conditions we have experienced so far this summer. The one thing you can be absolutely sure of is changeable weather in the UK.
Sainsbury’s has been named the first winner of National Retailer of the Year at this year’s Cooling Industry Awards, for its ambitious programme of new carbon dioxide-cooled stores.
Sainsbury’s has won both the Energy and Carbon categories in the Guardian’s Sustainable Business Awards, with judges recognising the retailer’s innovative and world-leading work.
While I sit at home watching the flames on my log burner, with just a few days to go until we hit the New Year, I have been thinking about what we have achieved over the past year in 2012. It’s been a year of great achievements and celebrations, from the Diamond Jubilee to the London 2012 Paralympic and Olympic Games, and we’ve also celebrated a few of our own Sainsbury’s successes along the way linked to our aim of being the UK’s greenest grocer.
Sainsbury’s has today announced that it has reached another milestone in its industry-leading innovative renewable energy strategy. Through its ambitious plan to install innovative PV cylindrical technology at stores across its estate the retailer has now generated 7.0 MWp of electricity, enough to power 2,000 homes for a year.
Recently I had the privilege to speak at the Sustainability Live conference at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham and afterwards took the opportunity to look around the exhibition. I was absolutely astounded by the vast amount of companies involved in the waste industry and the many sustainable ways that waste can be put to great use.
Sainsbury's has today announced a packaging change to its by Sainsbury's toilet rolls that will help to reduce carbon emissions by taking 500 lorries off the road each year. The retailer is the first company to make the move to reduce the diameter of the inner cardboard tube on every roll by 12mm, cutting the number of delivery lorries required by the equivalent of 140,000 kg of CO2.
The 2008 Goldman Sachs ‘Top Five Risks’ Conference identified a catastrophic global water shortage as a greater global risk than soaring food prices and scarcity of energy resources. In addition, a recent study by the 2030 Water Resources Group found that there could be a potential shortfall of 40% in water resources available across the world by 2030.