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Bunnings is the latest major retailer to commit to renewable energy

- October 28, 2020 < 1 MIN READ
Photo: Bunnings
Green is more than a corporate colour at Bunnings with the Wesfarmers-owned hardware chain announcing today that it will power its 260-plus stores Australia-wide with 100% renewable electricity by 2025.

The move is part of a pledge to achieve net zero Scope 1 (direct) and 2 (indirect) emissions by 2030.

Grocery retailer ALDI recently announced it will be powered by 100% renewable electricity by 2021. And IKEA Australia is installing solar panels on the rooftop of its Adelaide store to make it 100% renewable energy by 2025.

Bunnings have been working on this project since 2009, from solar to wind turbines at some stores. Solar systems now provide up to 30% of the energy at the 70 stores with solar systems and the Alice Springs Bunnings added batteries that now deliver up to 80% of its power needs.

Lindsay Soutar, Reenergise Campaign Director at Greenpeace AusPac, praised the chain saying “now lowering emissions is just the beginning”.

Over the coming year alone, Bunnings plans to build another 20 new solar PV systems and upgrade the capacity on 10 of the existing solar PV systems in its network.