Posted 18th Jul 2018

Screwfix opens first net-zero-energy store

18th July 2018 - 13:29pm
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Screwfix – which is owned by Kingfisher, which recently published its annual sustainability report – has opened its first net-zero-energy store in Peterborough, which is designed to “generate as much power as it uses and pass surplus energy back to the grid”.

The store is using a combination of solar panels, solar battery storage and air source heat pump, Kingfisher said, adding that it plans to install energy storage batteries at its B&Q distribution centre in Swindon.

“We are investing now to cut energy across our own operations, and our long-term aspiration is to match this by helping customers have zero carbon or energy-positive homes and businesses too,” said Screwfix CEO Graham Bell.

“Our net-zero store in Peterborough represents a significant milestone in our ambition to embed sustainability across the business, and help customers to create good, sustainable homes and businesses.”

In its annual sustainability report, Kingfisher noted that it has reduced its absolute carbon footprint by 16% since 2010/2011 and is aiming to increase this to 25% by 2020. It added that it purchases 100% of its UK energy from renewable sources and will have invested more than £10m in on-site renewables by the end of the year.

Kingfisher energy and renewables head Jeremy Parsons said: “Being able to create a zero-energy store is a huge milestone for us. This store has a range of solutions that we have deployed individually across distribution centres and large format stores in the UK and France.

“Pulling them into one project at Screwfix demonstrates how far we can go towards creating very low carbon stores, and this approach is informing our next phase of investment in energy projects for the near future.”

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