Checkers Raising the roof
Showing that it can be done this week is Checkers, whose new store in the Sitari Village Mall near Somerset West runs entirely off renewable energy – as, for that matter, does the mall itself. 35% of Sitari’s energy comes from a 635kWp rooftop solar PV installation provided by Checkers, with the rest sourced according to an agreement with Eskom’s Renewable Energy Tariff (RET) programme. Checkers has recently launched its inaugural environmental campaign which will see the business recycling tons of cardboard and plastic, using recycled content in packaging, reducing food and plastic waste, stocking products with sustainably sourced ingredients, and – as here – increasingly using renewable electricity. “The commitment to renewable energy is part of Checkers’ wider climate change strategy, which acknowledges that climate change will, directly and indirectly, impact our business and the communities we are a part of,” says Shoprite’s Group Sustainability Manager Sanjeev Raghubir, whose name, understandably, is much in the press these days.
Comment: One thing is certain, after taxes and death: Shoprite will always measure its initiatives against the bottom line. So when they adopt sustainable retail to this extent, you know that it makes business sense.