LAS PALMAS, Spain—SPAR Gran Canaria said it has taken steps to reduce its environmental impact with a €426,000 (US$554,672) investment to expand the photovoltaic solar generation plant at its fruit and vegetable logistics center in Mercalaspalmas. The SPAR operator installed an additional 1,125 new photovoltaic solar panels on the roof, bringing the total to 1,525 panels.
The solar plant in Mercalaspalmas will generate an estimated 746MWh of energy annually. The resulting reduction of an estimated 214 tonnes of CO2 emissions will help the company achieve its energy sustainability goals.
The expansion is not the only solar plant investment being made this year. The SPAR operator also plans to expand the solar park at its logistics Distribution Centre in the El Goro Industrial Estate. These investments reflect how important 2021 is to SPAR Gran Canaria to achieve major energy efficiency goals.
SPAR Gran Canaria has identified a series of other initiatives in its responsible retailing strategy, including continued extensive support to the primary sector. Over 200 farmers and small-scale producers supply local products to the company, providing employment and maintaining local specialties in the range. Being embedded in the communities they serve, SPAR retailers in Gran Canaria also support food banks and those in need.
Earlier this month, NorgesGruppen ASA won the NACS European Convenience Retail Sustainability Award for its SPAR Snarøya store in Norway. The award, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, was presented during the virtual NACS Convenience Summit Europe. In March, during a Shop Talk LIVE episode, SPAR International CEO Tobias Wasmuht and Head of Brand Gary Harris walked an audience from 28 countries through the pivotal role their flagship stores throughout Asia, Europe and Africa play in driving retail innovation in 14 of the 48 markets SPAR operates in.
SPAR Natural Gran Canaria, winner of the 2017 NACS International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award, continues to focus on health and wellness, food intolerances and lifestyle choices. In the four years since opening, the store design is still modern, relevant and inviting and was considered ahead of its time. SPAR has been able to leverage the Gran Canaria store’s early success and expand the SPAR Natural product range into other global markets.
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