Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Store's Greener Boiler Cuts Carbon Emissions

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Store's Greener Boiler Cuts Carbon Emissions

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SAINSBURY'S has installed a wood pellet boiler in its new store at Alnwick in Northumberland as part of its ongoing commitment to reduce its impact on the environment.

The sophisticated biomass technology was introduced following an in depth feasibility study undertaken by NEWHeat - a One NorthEast-funded initiative designed to encourage businesses to switch their heat energy supply to wood heat.

Sainsbury's, which is continually looking at ways to build sustainable stores, has placed climate change high on its corporate responsibility agenda, and anticipates that the new pellet boiler at its Alnwick store will reduce carbon emissions by 32%.

David Penfold, Sainsbury's Sustainability Manager, said: "The installation of the biomass boiler at our store in Alnwick is a first for Sainsbury's and supports our commitment to continually reduce the impact we have on the environment wherever possible. This is a key element of our corporate responsibility strategy which aims to reduce our CO2 emissions by 25% by 2012.

"We were impressed with NEWHeat's expert advice and guidance and worked very closely with them from the design of the boiler through to the installation."

Sainsbury's has a long history in tracking energy performance and installed one of the first intranet energy monitoring systems across all stores in 1994. Corporately, the organisation aims to reduce total carbon emissions by 25% by 2012.

Wood as a heat energy source is not only more than 90% carbon neutral, but has the potential to cut energy bills by half, with some wood pellet/chip boilers being able to pay for themselves within as little as two years.

Increased use of wood heat will have multiple benefits for the region, both economically and environmentally, and poses no sustainability problems as the North East has an abundance of natural woodland, from which ample wood can be produced by harvesting the increment of natural growth. …

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