Bunnings and Officeworks commit to 100% renewable energy by 2025
Bunnings and Officeworks have announced plans to source 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2025, to help achieve their recently announced targets of net zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030.
Bunnings Managing Director Mike Schneider said the business, which has more than 370 sites around Australia and New Zealand, recognised it had an important part to play in reducing carbon emissions and addressing climate change.
“This is a journey we started some time ago, but we know that we have a long way to go,” he said. “We are absolutely committed to finding solutions that benefit our business, our customers and the environment and we are excited about what the future looks like.”
Energy efficiency has been a focus at Bunnings for many years and there are now over 150 sites in the Bunnings network using LED lighting, which reduces electricity consumption by more than 20 per cent. It also now has over 70 solar photovoltaic (PV) systems across the network, covering over 100,000 square metres of roof space and generating up to 30 per cent of a store’s needs. Over the coming year, Bunnings has plans to build another 20 new solar PV systems and upgrade the capacity on 10 existing systems in its network. It will also develop new pathways to reduce its reliance on traditional energy by transitioning to renewable resources.
To achieve its commitment, Officeworks will be installing solar panels on 80 stores over the coming years and exploring other ways to increase renewable energy use.
Over the past five years, Officeworks has successfully reduced energy emissions by 26 per cent, through installing more energy efficient LED lighting – 99 per cent of stores now have LED lighting on the shop floor – and building energy management systems, which monitor and regulate energy usage.
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