Holland & Barrett parent, NBTY Europe, has announced it will adopt 100% renewable biomass energy throughout the health food chain’s 700 UK store estate.
As part of the company’s ‘Plan It Green’ initiative, Holland & Barrett will use Haven Power to supply electricity generated from biomass, a form of stored solar energy.
Biomass, which is produced from organic, plant-based material such as woodchips, is both renewable and sustainable over its entire lifecycle so delivers significant carbon savings.
Throughout Holland & Barrett’s recent history the company said it has committed to working to high environmental standards.
More recently these have include banning single use plastic bags, adopting an ethical policy when sourcing raw materials and removing chemicals such as parabens and sodium lauryl sulphate from toiletry products and body care ranges.
Speaking on the partnership with Haven Power, Roger Craddock, legal director at NBTY Europe, said: “As the UK’s leading health food and natural remedy retailer, we have always been committed to green issues, in many cases making changes to the way we do business long before other high street retailers who have followed our lead.
“Our ‘Plan It Green’ programme means we are constantly looking for ways to lower our carbon footprint and ensure our energy-saving and recycling schemes span the whole business, extending to every single store we operate.
“This decision to adopt 100% sustainable power was an easy one because Haven’s dedication to renewable energy mirrors both our own – and our customers’ – values on protecting the environment.”
Sales and marketing director at Haven Power, Richard Robey, said: “The majority of businesses are now under increasing pressure to be more environmentally responsible and large companies such as Holland and Barrett are setting their own goals to contribute towards sustainability targets.
“Using a biomass system is an effective way of demonstrating commitment to being more sustainable.”