The John Lewis Partnership has selected ENGIE to help deliver its ambitious environmental targets.
The three-year contract, which covers John Lewis and Waitrose, includes a 70 GWh/annum corporate power purchase agreement (CPPA), delivery of competitive energy supply, and an Energy Works funding allowance to support energy efficiency initiatives.
ENGIE will deliver ISO 50001 accreditation – the international standard for energy management systems – to support the retailer’s sustainable energy strategy, which includes a pledge to be net-zero carbon for its entire operations by 2050, without purchasing carbon offsets.
The strategy involves a 25 per cent reduction in energy from the physical estate by 2028 and 100 per cent renewable, UK-sourced electricity across at all of its sites.
The CPPA means the Partnership will use power from solar generators, with a fixed price for a proportion of its energy from known certified renewable sources.
Work on certification to ISO 50001 will begin at the Bracknell site initially before a tailored carbon and cost reduction plan is created. The goal is to certify the site by the end of 2020, before expanding the scope to the rest of the portfolio.
Hugh Conway, senior manager commercial & supply chain at the John Lewis Partnership, said: “The Partnership has had a strong commitment to minimising environmental impact for many years and we continue to challenge ourselves with ever-more rigorous targets. ENGIE’s proven expertise in reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions, along with the company’s ability to supply green energy, will prove invaluable in delivering our net-zero carbon aspirations.”
Kevin Dibble, divisional CEO for energy supply at ENGIE, added: “It’s great to be teaming up with a like-minded business that places a high priority on sustainability and protecting the environment. There is huge potential here to not just achieve great things for the Partnership but also to lead the way and demonstrate best practice to other major organisations.”