In keeping with its sustainability goals, German retailer Edeka Minden-Hannover has added a photovoltaic system in its Lauenau logistics centre in Lower Saxony.
The retail group described the fight against climate change as 'one of the greatest challenges of our time'.
Lauenau Logistics Centre
The new photovoltaic system has a total solar surface area of 3,145 square metres and consists of 1,966 photovoltaic modules connected by approximately 35 kilometres of cable.
The centre in Lauenau is expected produce 611,016 kWh of clean energy per year.
Roughly, this corresponds to the consumption of 153 four-person households.
With electricity from solar energy, the company will save approximately 153 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
The retailer added that 99% of the annual energy produced will be consumed at the facility itself.
Edeka Minden-Hannover Sustainability Goals
Edeka Minden-Hannover previously achieved its environmental goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 70% by 2025 (compared to the base year 2011) in 2021.
The group is now aiming complete CO2 neutrality, which means that a reduction in energy consumption and optimising energy efficiency in the network will be a strong focus of the company.
Edeka Minden-Hannover reported sales of €10.6 billion in full-year 2020, breaking the €10 billion mark in sales for the first time.
The business, which is headquartered in Minden, North Rhine-Westphalia, saw group sales rise 8.4% in the full-year period, while consolidated net profits were €142 million.
Elsewhere, Edeka Nord announced the acquisition of the remaining 55% of the shares in family bakery H. von Allwörden GmbH.