John Lewis Partnership to power sites with renewables
More than 380 JLP stores, including Waitrose and John Lewis, will be supplied with 100% renewable electricity by the small energy supplier starting January 2015.
Nigel Keen, JLP Partnership’s Director of Property Services, said:
‘As a responsible retailer, the Partnership aims to source sustainably across its supply chains and this agreement provides us with full transparency over where our energy is coming from. Working with SmartestEnergy means we can support independent renewable generators and contribute to progress towards the UK’s target for 15 per cent of energy demand to be met from renewable sources by 2020.’
Robert Groves, CEO at SmartestEnergy, said:
‘We have worked very closely with the Partnership’s energy buying team over the past six months and been very impressed both with their approach to sustainability and genuine interest in the energy entrepreneurs we work with. This agreement is good news for the growing number of independent renewable generators in the UK as continued expansion in demand for green energy ensures they have a route to market for their power.’
JLP joins other retailers such as supermarket chain Sainsbury’s which is Europe’s largest rooftop solar operator.
Marks and Spencer topped UK-based carbon management firm Carbon Clear’s ranking of the carbon performance of the FTSE 100.
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Research revealed that the 25 companies, including Apple and IKEA, with the highest total solar capacity as of August 2013 have deployed more than 445MW at over 950 different facilities, enough to power 73,400 American homes.
Sources: http://www.smartestenergy.com, http://www.ecotricity.co.uk, http://www.johnlewispartnership.co.uk, http://www.rtcc.org, http://www.businessgreen.com, http://www.energylivenews.com, http://www.carbon-clear.com