UK Retail Giant John Lewis Joins the Shift to Clean Energy

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Written By: Emma Websdale

John Lewis Partnership (JLP) has become the latest UK retail giant to commit to clean energy, signing a contract with SmartestEnergy to supply over 380 of its stores with renewable energy generated by independent UK generators.

965367507Starting in January 2015, Smartest Energy, one of the UK’s leading purchasers and suppliers of renewable energy in the independent generation sector, will provide over 380 Waitrose and John Lewis stores with 100% clean energy.

Helping John Lewis to reach its carbon emission reduction goal of 15% by 2020 (based on 2010 emissions), the three-year contract reinforces JLP’s commitment to minimize the company’s environmental impact.

“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”, says Nigel Keen, director of property services for the John Lewis Partnership.

He adds, “Working with SmartestEnergy means we can support independent renewable generators and contribute to progress towards the UK’s target for 15 percent of energy demand to be met from renewable sources by 2020.”

Sourcing its power directly from UK independent renewable energy generators, SmartestEnergy’s green tariffs provide support to small-scale energy-producing businesses run by families, communities and farmers.

“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”, says Robert Groves, chief executive of SmartestEnergy.

Also aiming to reduce their environmental impact is the US$3.5-billion Danish company Lego. Joining WWF’s Climate Savers Program in November, the toy manufacturer has pledged to become 100% renewable by 2050