Everything we are doing today to reduce carbon emissions is building towards a net-zero carbon future for our business, for communities and for future generations. The challenge of preventing global temperatures rising beyond 2˚C remains significant, so, leading governments and businesses must accelerate the transition towards a low carbon future.
Net-zero as a concept is highly complex and difficult to achieve for the vast majority of businesses using currently-available technology. However, it is likely that in the next decade we will see the emergence of new technologies that will accelerate efforts to decarbonise. Many governments and businesses have already started their journey towards net-zero, and at Musgrave we have set our sights on achieving this as part of our sustainability strategy.
In the short-term, while we wait for technology to evolve, we are focusing on becoming a low carbon business through programmes that target emissions reductions in transport, prioritising emissions reduction in the construction and operation of our buildings, using green electricity and investing in renewable energy projects such as the installation of solar PV at ours and our retail partners’ sites. We are also rolling-out EV charging points at company sites, setting targets to reduce business-related travel and developing a remote-working culture to reduce employee transport emissions.
SuperValu has announced it will produce light fittings for its network of 223 stores from recycled CDs using 3D printing technology. As a result, its light fittings will have a 75% reduced carbon footprint for material supply and manufacturing, transport and end of life combined due to the lightweight nature and reduced number of parts compared to traditional lights. This translates to a 35% carbon emission saving when shipping. The new LED lights, combined with green refrigeration units and solar panels on store roofs, will result in equivalent energy saved to power 22,890 homes in Ireland for a year.
SuperValu, Centra and Musgrave MarketPlace have teamed up with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) for the ninth consecutive year to spearhead environmental change in the Irish retail sector and beyond through their ‘Building Sustainable Communities’ initiative. The initiative calls on stores to identify and upgrade areas of their own operations which can be made more energy efficient, in-keeping with high standards of energy efficiency and renewable energy usage, but also enables them to identify community buildings in their area to donate funds and enable them to upgrade their facilities. A range of community centres, GAA clubs and sports facilities have received the funding to make environmentally-friendly upgrades.