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Sainsbury's launches Carbon Academy

Sainsbury's has introduced a new initiative to further improve the way it manages its carbon footprint.

GENERAL MERCHANDISE

Sainsbury's launches Carbon Academy

Sainsbury's has introduced a new initiative to further improve the way it manages its carbon footprint.

The Sainsbury’s Carbon Academy, launched this week, aims to highlight the importance of carbon-awareness, as well as improving environment related skills and knowledge amongst Sainsbury's contractors, suppliers and colleagues.

Sainsbury's property director, Neil Sachdev, said: "We see this very much as a revolution in the way we manage our environmental impact. In order to fight carbon effectively, we need to ensure that everyone who comes into contact with our business has the knowledge and skills necessary to help reduce Sainsbury's carbon footprint.”

He continued: "Through a wide-ranging programme, we will aim to provide awareness and technical training to 20,000 people by 2020. We want all of our colleagues and contractors to become industry leaders in carbon reduction and this academy will help us to make this aspiration a reality."

The Academy aims to provide environmental training to 20,000 people by 2020.  Skills learned will be wide-ranging, from understanding how small changes in every day working practices can reduce carbon impact, to highly-specialist skill acquisition such as the CO2 refrigeration project.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: "Leading the way in the low carbon race will depend in part on the skills, enthusiasm and experience of our workforce.

"It is great that Sainsbury's has stepped up to the challenge with the launch of its Carbon Academy, helping workers get the latest green information and low carbon training.   This is just the sort of initiative we need to help secure our future green economy and I would like to wish Sainsbury's every success."

Sainsbury’s said The Academy would pull together all of the work it was already doing in the field of environmental training including the Reset scheme, which sees store managers and their department heads trained to manage their stores' energy usage more effectively. Stores that have been through the Reset process have seen an average reduction in energy usage of 17%, the retailer said.

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