Waitrose & Ecotricity
We are committed to living and working more sustainably
Many of our stores are already supplied with renewable, or 'green', electricity and now we want to extend that to transport. That’s why we have joined up with Ecotricity, a green energy company providing the electricity for the vehicle charging points outside Waitrose's Welcome Break service stations across the country. It's a small step on a long journey towards a lower-carbon future – and we hope you'll join us along the way.
We're cutting energy
We have been working to make our business as sustainable as possible - for example all our UK stores use 100% renewable energy and we send no food waste to landfill.
But you tell us you want to be as sustainable as possible at home too - so we want to help make that as easy as we can.
"Choosing green energy requires no significant change to lifestyle but is the single biggest change we can make in our homes to cut carbon." Waitrose Head of CSR Quentin Clark.
We have car charging points at 27 of our branches, while Ecotricity have installed a further 10 charge points at Waitrose Welcome Break motorway service shops - with a further six planned.
Find out more about Ecotricity (opens in a new window).
About renewable energy
Renewable energy is good for the environment, can help reduce your carbon footprint and save you money. This energy comes from any source that is naturally replenished – from sunlight or wind, to heat from the earth or plants grown for fuel.
Technologies such as wind turbines and solar panels can be installed at your home so you can generate some or all of your own electricity and they are used on a much larger scale by a variety of energy providers.
The Department of Energy & Climate Change works to make sure the UK has secure, clean, affordable energy supplies and is responsible for cutting UK greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050 and sourcing at least 15% of our energy from renewable sources by 2020. Solar panel electricity systems, also known as solar photovoltaics (PV), capture the sun’s energy using photovoltaic cells. These cells don’t need direct sunlight to work – they can still generate some electricity on a cloudy day, making them a viable option for the UK.
Wind turbines harness the power of the wind and use it to generate electricity.
Wave and tidal stream energy is electricity generated from the movement of wave and tidal flows. Wave power is much more predictable than wind power – and it increases during the winter, when electricity demand is at its highest. The industry is still in its infancy and further research is needed. Anaerobic digestion is a treatment process which harnesses natural bacteria to produce biogas from waste biodegradable materials, such asagricultural manure and slurry, food waste and sewage sludge. Biogas is rich in methane and is a source of renewable energy.