Morrisons to become the first supermarket to own & operate a solar farm

Morrisons has committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2035, 15 years ahead of the government’s target.
"As a supermarket, we depend on a healthy planet to produce the goods we sell to customers." : David Potts.
// As part of the carbon reduction drive, Morrisons said it will become the first supermarket to own and operate its own solar farm across sites
// The solar farm will supply 20% of stores’ power, focused on appliances that require the most energy

Morrisons has committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2035, 15 years ahead of the government’s target.

The new deadline for its own operations is five years earlier than Morrisons originally pledgee with the business also aiming to reduce Scope 3 emissions – comprising those from areas such as purchased goods and services – in its own-brand supply chain by 2030 and is working with suppliers to help them achieve that.

The grocer, which was acquired by private equity giant CD&R earlier this month, said it is already “ahead of forecast in reducing operational carbon emissions”, having delivered a 32 per cent reduction versus a 33 per cent target by 2025.


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As part of the carbon reduction drive, Morrisons also announced that it will become the first supermarket to own and operate its own solar farm across sites such as manufacturing facilities as well as stores.

The farm, covering 125 acres and with 230,000 panels by 2025, will supply 20 per cent of stores’ power, focused on appliances that require the most energy such as fridges and freezers.

Emissions will also be reduced through initiatives including reducing energy use, low-carbon vehicles and “ensuring zero deforestation” in supply chains.

Morrisons said it has “a strong carbon-reduction plan, rather than relying heavily on offsetting”.

Morrisons chief executive David Potts said: “The climate crisis is the greatest challenge of our generation… As a supermarket, we depend on a healthy planet to produce the goods we sell to customers.

“We’ve committed to removing carbon emissions, rather than setting a carbon-neutral target that would depend heavily on offsetting. We’re also investing resources to bring forward our net-zero commitment by five years, which is very ambitious but very necessary. Our new solar farm and net-zero carbon agriculture programme are just two ways we’ll achieve our commitment.”

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