Supermarket giant Waitrose has installed heat pumps in all of its stores in an effort to accelerate its net-zero energy plans in response to rising energy bills.
As part of its net-zero strategy, the grocer is moving from fossil fuel heating to electric heat pumps powered by zero-carbon renewable energy in its stores.
Waitrose is switching from gas boilers to electric heat pumps to heat its 332 stores.
These use less electricity to operate and work by extracting heat from the outside air.
The company is looking to replace all of its gas heating in its stores by 2035.
It currently has five installed and plans to install ten more next year.
John Lewis’s Partnership operations manager of energy and innovation said: “No business is immune to rising energy costs; we’ve already set an ambitious plan to reduce our energy consumption and reach our goal of net zero emissions by 2035.
“With energy prices rising, we’re accelerating this. We’re focusing on heat recovery solutions and thermal efficiency to help lower the general heating and cooling load of our buildings.”
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Waitrose fridges will also be progressed to make them 40 percent more effective, and lights will be swapped to LEDs to cut electricity use by up to 10 percent.
Source: Retail Gazette