Respect for our environment

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Respect for our environment

Our scale means we can make a massive difference by embedding respect for our environment in our decision making. We aim to be the UK’s greenest grocer, not only by reducing our impact on the environment but by engaging our suppliers and others to do the same.

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Our 20x20 commitments to 'Respect for our environment'

To PV, or not to PV: That is the question

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.

By Paul Crewe on 22 August 2012

  • Will Ganderton 24 August 2012 at 16:03:40

    I would be interested in: 1. How the performance varied between the UK locations. 2.What your normal electrical consumption would be and by how much 'bought in' electricity has been reduced plus any credits from selling any surplus. 3. What has been the capital cost so far. Regards

Sainsbury’s helps tackle potential bee housing crisis

Sainsbury’s is helping the nation to prevent a potential solitary bee housing crisis next spring. The retailer is sharing its expertise to help customers throughout the country create bee habitats in their outdoor spaces.

25 September 2013

World’s first naturally refrigerated trailer is trialled by Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury’s is trialling the world’s first naturally refrigerated trailer to transport chilled and frozen goods. The CO2 refrigerated unit trial is part of the retailer’s review of its transport refrigeration gas as it aims to reduce its carbon footprint, which includes converting its stores to natural refrigeration by 2030.

06 September 2013

Carrier Bags

Sainsbury’s is committed to being the UK’s greenest grocer. In our Sustainability Plan, we have committed that by 2020 we will make sure that our own packaging has been reduced by a half compared to 2005.

01 December 2015

Sainsbury's named 'Supermarket of the Year' at the Cooling Industry Awards

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.

26 September 2012

Sun shines on Sainsbury’s as it cuts CO2 and energy bills

Today Sainsbury’s has reached a significant milestone in its investment in renewable energy as it strives to cut CO2 emissions and reduce energy bills. The retailer has installed 100,000 photovoltaic solar panels (22 mWp) across 210 stores - enough to cover 35 football pitches.

25 July 2013

What happens with out of date food?

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.

By Paul Crewe on 09 July 2012

  • Richard 20 April 2013 at 09:33:58

    This is really good news and it gives me hope for the future. I'm just a regular Sainsbury's customer and I was not aware of your waste programme until I found this article while looking up your policy on the use of palm oil. Your food waste policy and other efforts are makes me stop and search the internet for a local Sainsbury's instead of walking in to the first supermarket I see in the area I'm visiting. Together we will change the future. Thank you and keep up the good work.

Mary Salmon: Water scarcity in the future

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.

By Ethical and Sustainable Sourcing Team on 13 February 2012

  • richard wharton 14 February 2012 at 08:57:04

    How aware are you of this issue? > very aware... in some parts of the world water shortages are already the biggest concern. Are you currently doing anything to use less water and if so, what? > don't use bottled water, use the washing machine & dishwasher only on full loads. How do you think companies like Sainsbury's should address this issue? > JS should be bold & lead change