Morrisons saves £3.4m by energising staff to reduce carbon footprint

Morrisons has trained more than 110,000 staff in energy awareness as part of drive to drastically reduce its carbon footprint, it was revealed last week.

The supermarket giant’s ‘Switching On to Switching Off’ training programme has resulted in a 5% reduction in energy use across the group, equating to savings of just under £3.4m, according to its annual corporate social responsibility report.

Morrisons is one of a number of high-street retailers that have upped their commitment to reducing their environmental impact in recent years.

The energy training is part of a wider campaign by the company to reduce its carbon footprint by 36%, and its energy use by 8% by 2010. Morrisons has appointed ‘energy champions’ in all company locations to help raise awareness of the drive.

Examples of the measures implemented in stores have included reprogramming oven timers and other machines, and ensuring lighting throughout stores and car parks are only on when needed.

During 2008, Morrisons is encouraging staff to help further cut carbon emissions using ‘carbon networking’ across the company – ie, sharing information and best practice ideas.

A new HR strategy was also introduced during 2007 in a further commitment by the retailer to become an employer of choice. This included a new staff consultation forum, an employee discount scheme, and an online leadership academy.

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