Woolworths, Shoprite, Pick n Pay, Spar and Massmart were ranked on four criteria– energy transparency, commitment to renewable energy, greenhouse gas mitigation and lobbying for renewable energy. Greenpeace based results on interviews and publicly available information, BusinessDayLive reported.
None did particularly well. Woolworths scored the highest marks (4 out of 10) and rival Shoprite Group scored the lowest (zero).
Companies can help drive the market for renewable energy by making a commitment to get 100 percent of their energy from renewable sources, Greenpeace Africa said.
“South African supermarkets can become a game changer for renewable energy,” according to a GreenpeaceAfrica blog. “We interact with our retail stores on a daily basis, and the retail sector represents a big part of South Africa’s energy consumption. What if this pressure could be taken off the current grid? What if they all shifted to 100 percent renewable energy?”
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