Retail Sector (Energy Efficiency)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 10th March 2015.

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Photo of Elaine Smith Elaine Smith Labour

The final item of business is a members’ business debate on motion S4M-12084, in the name of Graeme Dey, on welcoming a more energy-efficient retail sector. The debate will be concluded without any question being put.

Motion debated,

That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the Scottish Retail Consortium’s (SRC) report, A Better Retailing Climate: Driving Resource Efficiency; congratulates the SRC on producing a robust commitment to reducing the environmental impact of the retail industry; recognises that the report provides examples of this commitment throughout Scotland, including Arbroath, where the local farmer, Peter Stirling, has reduced waste, invested in Biomass boilers and extended the shelf life of his produce; understands that the report sets out targets to reach by 2020, which include reducing carbon emissions from retail operations by 25% and ensuring that less than 1% of retail waste goes to landfill; commends the SRC for not only meeting, but exceeding all of its targets that it set out in the 2008 report, such as limiting landfill waste to 6% and reducing supermarket refrigeration emissions by 55%, and welcomes this encouragement for all those in the retail sector to commit to lowering their environmental impact.