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Managing our energy
As a firm basis from which to further cut our energy, all our operations in the UK have adopted our energy management system since 2016, which is certified to the ISO:50001 standard. We are also installing sub-meters in our new projects to more precisely target where our energy is used, and help us identify new saving opportunities.
Half of all the energy we consume is used to keep our products chilled or frozen, so refrigeration has been a particular investment focus for us. In collaboration with our refrigeration suppliers we have developed a low energy refrigeration system and introduced glazed doors on the front of our upright fridges for milk, meat and fish, resulting in huge energy savings of 30 - 40%
Our approach is simple – to continually reduce the distance we need to transport our goods. Working with our logistics partners, we carefully plan the most efficient routes. All our vehicles are loaded as close to capacity as possible to minimise the number of required trips. We are also expanding our use of double decker trailers, and as we grow our network of RDCs, the average distance from RDC to stores reduces, cutting food miles even further.