John Lewis to switch to 'green' energyAll its power will come from renewable sources

21 February 2007

 

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One of Britain’s leading high street stores is to boost its green credentials by getting all its energy from renewable sources.

The John Lewis Partnership's move will affect 26 department stores plus its 183 Waitrose stores and head office.

It will ensure 100 per cent of energy used across its business comes from renewable sources by October this year.

Around half the retailer's energy will come from small scale hydro-electric generation, a spokesman said.

Eco-friendly energy

The other 50 per cent will come from a range of eco-friendly sources such as biomass, landfill gas, tidal power and on-shore wind.

EDF Energy will supply renewable energy to the firm, which currently gets around 40 per cent of its energy from renewable sources.

Sir Stuart Hampson, chairman of John Lewis Partnership, will unveil the firm's strategy at a summit in London this afternoon.

He will also reveal plans to use sustainable designs for all future John Lewis and Waitrose stores.

Sustainable designs

This will affect all aspects of new buildings and refurbishment projects, from design and planning through to construction and maintenance.

Speaking ahead of the London summit, Sir Stuart said: ‘The scale of construction work now in prospect presents a tremendous opportunity for us to develop and implement new standards to minimise our impact on the environment and on the communities of which our shops are a part.’