Sainsbury’s is to roll out a new phase of on-site renewable energy solutions aimed at providing energy efficient heating, hot water and cooling to its network of stores.

Sainsbury’s has announced that it is working with E.ON (FWB: EOAN) and Geothermal International to roll out the first phase of an innovative energy solution for up to 100 of its stores, as part of the retailers’ 20 by 20 Sustainability Plan renewables commitment which includes reducing its absolute operational carbon emissions by 30 per cent% and delivering a fully renewable heat strategy for its supermarkets by 2030.

The plan follows Sainsbury’s world-first use of geothermal technology developed by Greenfield Energy at its Crayford store, enabling it to supply 30% of its energy from on-site renewable sources.

The schemes aim to deliver up to 100 MW of renewable energy sources in supermarkets by the end of 2016.

Neil Sachdev, Sainsbury’s Property Director, said: ” We’ve reduced our absolute electricity usage in supermarkets by over nine per cent in the past four years despite an increase in space.

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