Finnish retail and services group Kesko has announced that it will source 100% sustainably-produced, renewable electricity for all of its operations from January 2017 onwards.
The company will source 'green' electricity, which is certified by the northern European ‘renewable energy guarantee of origin’, REGO, mainly from Finnish power plants, using bio energy from wood and wood pellets.
Kesko also intends to increase its own production of renewable energy. It is investing in more solar-power installations on the roofs of its properties, for a total of 16 operational installations by summer 2017.
“Energy production is transferring to renewable energy sources worldwide. When we purchase renewable electricity, we promote the production of renewable energy,” explained Jukka Anttila, director of construction and maintenance for Kesko’s grocery division.
The company has estimated that it will need 540 GWh of electricity this year, mainly for refrigeration and lighting. This equates to around 1% of the national electricity consumption in Finland.
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