UK retailers set to meet 2020 green targets

British retailers are set to meet their 2020 environmental targets, a report by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has suggested.

The BRC has set environmental targets such as reducing absolute carbon emissions by 25% and halving energy-related emissions from buildings by 2020. Waitrose and M&S are among the retailers which signed up to the green goals.

The report added some retailers have set targets for the reduction of carbon emissions within their supply chains and are working with suppliers through workshops, internet forums and knowledge hubs to achieve them.

Carbon emissions from stores by transport have also been cut by 19% during the same period while greenhouse gas emissions from refrigeration have been reduced by 50%.

It stated businesses have increased measurement of water use by 28% and reduced the amount of water used in stores by 23%.

Andrew Opie, BRC Director of Food and Sustainability said: “A Better Retailing Climate clearly demonstrates that creating and maintaining sustainable supply chains is at the heart of retail businesses. We fully appreciate the positive role we can play with suppliers and consumers in meeting head on challenges of climate change and resource efficiency. We are confident that we will meet by the year 2020, the ambitious voluntary targets we’ve set for ourselves.”

HeatingSave Building Energy Management System helps support behavioural change efforts to save energy

Behavioural change is always a difficult target to attain, but this is specifically where the HeatingSave Building Energy Management System could help.

HeatingSave has a number of features to prevent employees from adjusting the heating controls and leaving them in setting that can waste fuel. The keypad and display on the front of the controller has two levels of password protection.

These passwords can be changed by authorized personnel locally or centrally using the PC software. The password programming meets the requirements laid down by the Carbon Trust, and the PC software is user ID and password protected too.

Naturally, employees do have the right to set the ambient temperature at a value that best suites their needs, and HeatingSave manages this situation by firstly getting the temperature right so people don’t feel too hot or cold. If employees do feel too cold, they can hit a button to increase the room temperature. The heating will be turned up for a while BUT will then automatically turn back – keeping the employee at the right comfort temperature – and saving the employer on their fuel bill.

If you’d like to find out more about the savings enabled by the HeatingSave Building Energy Management System, just contact our dedicated product team, they’ll be more than happy to answer all of your questions and queries.

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