solar panels

Euro Garages has invested £6m in renewables at its forecourts in order to cut down on its carbon footprint.

The forecourt retailer has installed solar panels at more than a fifth of its sites, cutting one million tonnes of carbon dioxide year on year.

LED lighting and solar thermal systems, which can be used to heat up water, have also been installed.

Euro Garages said reducing water consumption was a key part of its energy strategy, with the business using rainwater harvesting where possible.

“We believe it is important to evolve our business and work to reduce our carbon footprint, while also generating significant efficiency savings,” said Euro Garages utilities manager Mohammed Patel.

“We’re committed to reducing our carbon footprint through investments in renewable energy and will continue to explore new ways to use sustainable resources across our sites, setting a leading example in our sector to follow.”

The firm said the investment would cut energy bills by around 22% over a 20-year period.

Last year, Euro Garages merged with European Forecourt Retail Group, which valued the business at £1.3bn.

The group’s partner brands include Starbucks, Sainsbury’s, Subway, Burger King, Greggs and KFC.