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Clanfield Co-op going even greener

  • Author: Southern Co-op
  • Published: 18th February 2019
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Clanfield Co-op going even greener

Clanfield Co-op Store

Three of Southern Co-op's retail stores in Hampshire will be having the new solar panels installed in the next few weeks along with its crematorium in East Devon.

The solar PV (photovoltaic) panels will help to reduce the co-operative's carbon footprint, produce sustainable energy and protect against an increase in electricity costs. They are being installed as part of a pilot to see if they can be rolled out further in 2020.

Gemma Lacey, Director of Sustainability and Communications, said: "This is an exciting move forward in our commitment to reducing carbon emissions with the added benefit that it can help our business become more sustainable in the future.

"It is expected that the four initial solar panel installations will reduce our CO2 emissions by 17 tonnes in year one. This would add up to an incredible 375 tonnes over 25 years - the expected lifespan of solar panels."

The solar panels will be installed at East Devon Crematorium and retail stores in Clanfield's White Dirt Lane, Portsmouth's Eastney Road and Denmead's Hambledon Road.

Southern Co-op has previously made a number of investments to reduce its carbon footprint including movement sensors to control lighting in stockrooms and employee areas, new improved doors for refrigeration, and aerofoils on open fronted chillers where glass doors are not suitable.

Emma McVie, Southern Co-op's Project Manager, said: "As a long standing regional operator, to embark on our pilot programme with our team of contractors is exciting. It is also a further demonstration of our commitment to our long term sustainable business strategy.

"The initial pilot should pay for itself within six to seven years so we very much hope this can be rolled out across our other retail and funeralcare stores in the years to come."

A five-year plan was launched by Southern Co-op last year looking at its long term strategy to be a sustainable business - Our Plan. Within it, the co-operative outlines strong commitments to reduce CO2 emissions by 2022.

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