30 May 2022

The Shoprite Group is increasing its use of renewable energy by installing rooftop solar PV (photovoltaic) installations at more of its Checkers supermarkets. These include Oudtshoorn, generating an additional 776 647 kWh; Big Bay, generating 185 144 kWh; and Knysna generating 613 630 kWh.

This forms part of Checkers’ ongoing commitment to sustainability by making better choices for the planet and changing its business for good, including:

  • Recycling tons of cardboard and plastic,
  • Using recycled content in packaging,
  • Reducing food and packaging waste,
  • Sourcing products with sustainably sourced ingredients, and
  • Increasingly using renewable electricity.
Checkers PV
Checkers Oudtshoorn, Knysna and Big Bay.

 

“At Checkers we acknowledge that climate change will, directly and indirectly, impact our business and the communities we are a part of. Solar PV plays a significant role in our strategy to mitigate climate change and Checkers is continuously increasing its use of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency costs to reduce its indirect greenhouse gas emissions. Installations like these also strengthen the resilience and adaptive capacity of our operations and supply chain.”

- Sanjeev Raghubir, Sustainability Manager at the Shoprite Group

 

Last year the Group, which includes Checkers, increased the installed capacity of its solar PV system by 350% as it aims to power 25% of operations with renewable energy by 2027.

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