Kingfisher to invest £50m in renewable energy
The installation of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels will start immediately in the UK and France on distribution centres and selected stores, and is expected to continue to most of the 10 countries in which Kingfisher operates.
Other future renewable energy sources will include air source heat pumps, combined heat and power boilers and new fuel cell generation.
The investment decision was made following the completion of a PV installation at the Screwfix head office and contact centre in Yeovil this summer, which has been performing well. More than a third of the contact centre's power is now generated by solar panels.
Kingfisher is redesigning its business to have a positive impact in terms of sustainability. It aims for every Kingfisher store and customer's home to be zero carbon or generate more energy than it consumes by 2050, and has already reduced its property portfolio's energy intensity by 17%.
“Kingfisher sustainability director Richard Gillies said: We hope our renewable investment helps demonstrate to the world's leaders discussing the climate deal this week that leading businesses want a sustainable future, and to see the right deal in Paris. This renewable investment is part of our Net Positive journey to transform our business to be a force for good. There's plenty more we can do but business needs stability and certainty to make these types of long-term investment decisions. That's why we need leadership in Paris - it's the key to enabling the consistent national policies and incentives business needs to invest.”