Morrisons signs up with NG Bailey to advance energy-saving scheme
Morrisons supermarket chain is looking to build on the success of a project that has reduced energy consumption across 105 stores by about 16%. NG Bailey and Elutions have signed a 5-year multi-million deal to roll out the Rare Energy solution across the rest of Morrison’s 395 stores by October this year.
Rare Energy uses Elutions’ technology to identify, manage and reduce a company’s energy usage through better performance of its assets, in a single location or on an enterprise scale.
Stuart Kirk, head of energy for Morrisons, explained, ‘In support of our carbon-reduction target of reducing our absolute carbon emissions by 30% by 2020, we are considering a number of approaches to energy efficiency.
‘Applying this framework gives us the opportunity to dig deeper into the performance of our stores, and the results so far speak for themselves. The system allows us to apply a step-by-step process to understanding the assets and processes that drive energy demand and operational cost and to apply appropriate fixes without impacting our customers’ experience.
‘In addition to managing down a significant cost to our business, the system allows us to fully understand and control our use of energy. Rare Energy will support our fit-for-the-future programme in considering UK-wide initiatives to balance demand with potential intermittent generation.’
Sean Wickens, NG Bailey’s group business development director, said, ‘This is a risk-free investment with the ability to reduce Morrisons’ energy use by as much as 30% over a 5-year period. It will also benefit the company’s on-going maintenance regime. We’re so confident about the offering, we’ve guaranteed that they will, at the very least, see a payback on their investment within a defined timeframe.
‘You only need consider the energy consumed and the operational target across a typical retail estate to realise the cost reductions this will represent for a company like Morrisons in the coming years. We look forward to working with them to realise the full potential of this innovative solution.’