Morrisons has signed a five-year "multi-million pound" energy efficiency technology contract to extend the savings it is already making in that area.
The contract has been signed with UK firm NG Bailey and its US partner Elutions. The deal covers the wider deployment of Rare Energy, which is designed to deliver operational optimisation, including significant reductions in energy usage.
Following a successful roll-out of the technology across 105 of the retailer’s 500-store estate, Morrisons says it is currently realising an initial target energy saving in the region of 16 percent.
Phase two of the rollout has now commenced, which will see the solution deployed across the remaining portfolio of 395 stores throughout the UK, which is due to be completed by October this year.
Rare Energy uses Elutions’ technology platform to identify, manage and reduce a company’s energy usage through better performance of its existing assets, either in one single location or on an enterprise scale.
Stuart Kirk, head of energy at Morrisons, said: “In support of our carbon reduction target of reducing our absolute carbon emissions by 30 percent 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."
Morrisons recently said its overall IT investment is on track to help the company deliver savings of £1 billion over the next three years.