Jun 29, 2012

Walmart's Push for Affordable Renewable Energy

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  Walmart, the world's largest retailer, has announced that it will leverage its power to bring affordable renewable energy to co...

 

Walmart, the world's largest retailer, has announced that it will leverage its power to bring affordable renewable energy to consumers. Rahul Raj, director of sustainability and merchandising innovation at Walmart.com, also said the company's goal is to attain 100 percent renewable power for itself.

"As part of our aspirational goal of being 100% powered by renewable energy, we envision a world where people do not have to choose between electricity they can afford and renewable electricity.

"We believe we will make clean, renewable energy more affordable for everyone.

"A new energy future can contribute to every day low costs and enable everyday low prices for our customers. In our minds, cleantech has arrived."

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Today, about 22 percent of Walmart's energy needs come from clean energy, according to Raj. In California, around 75 percent of its locations will have rooftop solar installations by the end of 2013.

"Our renewable energies are focused on the development and installation of new renewable energy projects. Driving down the cost of renewable energy, building scale and securing cost-effective, stable energy pricing that meets or beats utility pricing."

He did, however, mention the challenge of overcoming regulatory barriers on the path to reaching 100 percent renewable energy. He said that the company believed nine conditions applied to drive a high volume of renewables, including improved technologies and low-cost financing. Regardless, Walmart is determined to overcome those market hurdles.

 

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

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Dominic Ellis
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Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.

Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.

According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.

Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.

“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."

He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."

North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).

The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.

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